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Boat & Marina Fire Safety

Boat & Marina Fire Safety

Fires that occur on boats or in marinas can spread quickly and present unique response challenges due to hazardous conditions and limited access. Generally, the best defense against fire is prevention. Follow these tips to help you stay fire safe onboard and in the marina.

Boat in distress

On a Boat

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to alert occupants to a fire.

  • Have a fire emergency plan and practice it. Inspect electrical wiring, connections, cords and battery-charging equipment to ensure they are installed properly and in good condition.

  • Have the appropriate fire extinguishers and make sure they are easily accessible.

  • Train all boaters on how to use them. Check your cooling and exhaust systems.

  • Make sure they work properly. Turn off portable heaters when you leave the boat or go to sleep.

  • Only use certified chargers for personal electronic devices. Don’t overload power outlets.

In the Marina

  • Ask about the types of fire and emergency features at the marina; including smoke alarms and fire suppression equipment.

  • Know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to escape.

  • Smoke only in designated areas away from any fuel-filling or storage areas.

  • Inspect shore power connections for any obvious signs of damage or improper installations. Know how to contact help.

  • Always pay attention while fueling to ensure your fishing rod holder is not mistaken for the fuel filler neck.
  • Don’t launch your boat w/out verifying all necessary plugs have been secured and proper maintenance  has been completed on the vesel .

Outreach Material

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about boat and marina fires in your community.

Boat Fire Safety
Fires at Marinas can spread quickly