Dealing with Fire on a Boat
Starting off as a novice in the world of boat fishing can be difficult. With there being so much to learn, it is important to also be aware of the potential dangers when out on the water. One of those potential dangers is a fire while out fishing on the boat. Fire on a boat is a scary thing, yet it is important to be prepared and know how to deal with such an emergency situation.
Causes of Fire on a Boat
The causes of boat fires are usually pretty alike to any other fires: negligence, electric issues, combustible materials, etc. Most recreational boats contain lots of fuel, which is highly flammable and explosive. Due to this, a small spark from electric failure or from a tool can quickly catch flame to fuels resulting in a very dangerous situation.
Preventing Fire on a Boat
To prevent fires from occurring, it is essential to understand what kind of precautions should be taken when out at sea. The following are some of the key precautions that should be taken:
- Check all your electrical connections regularly to make sure they’re in good condition.
- Make sure all combustible materials, including fuel, are stored safely away from any potential sources of heat.
- Check the current and fuel lines regularly to ensure they’re in good condition.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on the boat and make sure to check it regularly.
Dealing with Fire on a Boat
If a fire does occur while fishing on a boat, it is important to remain calm and take the necessary steps to contain and put out the fire.
- First, identify the source of the fire and try to make sure it is safe to do so. If possible, disconnect any fuel lines from the source.
- Lower any ladder or stairs down off the side of the boat to help anyone who may be trapped inside. Make sure no one can get back onboard until the fire has been contained.
- Turn off all the petrol and gas systems on the boat.
- Use any on-board extinguishers to try and take control of the fire. If these do not work, try using a water hose or bucket to extinguish the fire. Make sure everyone is aware of where the fire is.
- If the fire is not contained, then it is time to call for help. Make sure everyone knows to shout out “fire” to help alert any nearby boats or people on shore.
- Once the fire has been contained, it is important to make sure to check the boat for any damage. If there have been issues, call a professional to assess any further damage.
Safety Tips for Dealing with Fire on a Boat
In addition to the steps to take when a fire does occur on a boat, there are also safety tips that should be followed to ensure others are kept safe.
- Stay away from any flames, as they can spread quickly.
- Never attempt to swim away from the fire, as it will quickly spread and follow you.
- Make sure all the people on board are accounted for and safe.
- Check to make sure there are no other boats or people nearby who may be in danger.
- Check the boat to make sure it is not destroyed or leaking in any way.
- Once the crisis is over, make sure to alert authorities or Coast Guard to inform them of the situation.
Fires on boats are a serious issue and it is important to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to always stay prepared and follow the necessary steps to put out the fire. The key to successfully dealing with such an incident is to remain calm, analyze the situation, and remain focused on getting everyone to safety. By following these tips and precautions, one should be able to ensure their safety and those around them.