Boat safety advice will be on hand all week

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PEOPLE are being asked to wise up about boat fires and carbon monoxide risks.

The message comes from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of its boat safety scheme.

Boat owners are being asked to make vital safety checks and learn more about fire and carbon monoxide risks to stay safe this summer.

Firefighters will be at the Fareham Sailing Club on Friday, May 30, to give advice, and leaflets will be dropped off at the Emsworth Yacht Harbour.

Station manager Rob Dellow, of community safety at service headquarters, said: ‘An onboard fire can cause serious damage, burns and even death.

‘Many boats carry flammable fuel, petrol and oil, leading to rapid fire, explosions and intense heat. Early warning of fire is essential and smoke alarms will provide this.

‘Always fit them if you sleep on your boat, where you can hear them clearly. Test all alarms when you board.

‘Owners should also consider having fire fighting equipment.’