Fire and rescue services across the country will take part in the first Boat Fire Safety Week

Boaters concerned about the risk of fire onboard will be able to get free advice from fire and rescue services during the first ever Boat Fire Safety Week, on from 26-31 March.

During the week, and depending on the area, participating fire services will be offering free Boat Fire Safety Checks (BFSC). These checks identify the risks linked to galley accidents, using candles, smoking onboard, using solid fuel stoves and deactivated alarms, to name a few.

The BFSCs are intended to help boaters understand the dangers of fire breaking out and the simple preventative actions that can reduce the risk. The BFSC also complements inspections of the fixed fuel, gas and electric installations such as the BSS examination and reviews of safety and emergency equipment like the RNLI’s Sea Check.

To find out if your local fire service is participating, head to the Boat Safety Scheme’s website , where you’ll also find information on how you can contact your local fire service.