Remove one of the following:
- fuel – turn off the gas or petrol supply, or remove combustible material;
- heat – by applying cold water;
- oxygen – smother the fire with CO2, dry powder, or foam or cover with a fire blanket. When using an extinguisher, aim at the base of the fire while keeping low.
Prevention of Fires
NEVER smoke while refuelling!
- Ventilate the boat thoroughly after refuelling;
- remove all rags and materials which have inflammable products on them;
- maintain the electrical systems on your boat to prevent shortouts and sparks;
- Fit a smoke detector in the cabin.
There are different types of fire extinguisher, each suited to a particular type of fire. A dry powder extinguisher is a good general purpose type which will work well on most fires. It needs to be shaken occasionally to prevent the powder compacting;
- fire extinguishers should be kept outside the engine space in places where they can be reached from the open deck or cockpit after the fire starts;
- ensure all on board know where the extinguishers are stowed and how to
- Have your fire extinguisher serviced regularly;
- under no circumstances should water be used on fuel or electric fires.