Release date: 16 May 2017
Shoreham firefighters are getting behind Boat Fire Safety Week at the end of this month to raise awareness of how boat owners and users can prevent fire and carbon monoxide (CO) incidents while enjoying the popular pastime.
This year, Boat Fire Safety Week is taking place from 29 May-4 June, just as the leisure boating season gets going with school holidays and sunny weekends ahead.
Firefighters will be holding an education session at Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham, on Tuesday 30th May from 7-8pm. The session will include a wide variety of boat fire safety tips and advice but will focus specifically on the potential dangers of CO poisoning.
Firefighter Beth Parry-Evans, who helped organise the educational event, said: “Serious injury or harm due to CO poisoning is a very real concern for boaters as there are multiple sources of the poison gas on board vessels. We invite anyone who owns, charters or uses a boat to join us on the 30th May to make sure they’re able to effectively protect themselves and their friends and family from any potential danger.”
For more information on the event please contact Beth.Parry-Evans@westsussex.gov.uk or simply drop in to join the session on 30th May.
For more information on boat fire safety visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-on-boats.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.