Firefighters to give advice to boatowners

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BOAT owners have been encouraged to make vital safety checks and learn more about fire and carbon monoxide risks.

The warning comes ahead of Boat Fire Safety Week, which runs from May 25 to May 31.

Firefighters from Havant, Hayling Island and Emsworth fire stations will be talking to boat owners in Hampshire, handing out free carbon monoxide detectors and leaflets.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with the Boat Safety Scheme to help boat owners stay safe.

Station commander David Hodge said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to use Boat Fire Safety Week as a springboard to raise awareness about fires and the risk of carbon monoxide on board boats.’

In the past 20 years, 30 boaters were killed in boat fires and another 30 lost their lives to the silent killer, carbon monoxide.