These days there are multiple boat manufacturers in the market, and they are providing common people sailboats, pontoon boats, personal watercraft, etc., at an affordable rate. People are buying these boats mostly for enjoyment purposes and other personal uses.
While driving a boat yourself, you have a responsibility towards your boat passengers and other boats on the public waterways. As a boat captain or vessel owner, you should apprise everyone on board the US coast guard approved safety guidelines.
The Boat Ed exams ask a common question- “Who is Responsible for Explaining Fire Safety Procedures to Passengers on a Boat?” Well, the answer would be vessel operator.
What are the safety procedures every boat operator should follow?
A passenger can face many accidents during a boat ride. He can fall overboard, experience some propeller strike injuries or can be a victim to a boat fire. That is why all the passengers should know about safety guidelines while they first step foot on a boat.
Inform them about the location of the PFDs, fire-extinguisher, first-aid kits, VHF marine radio on your boat. Teach them how to use a Canoeing special life jacket and operate VHF radio. This way, in case of a fire emergency, they will be able to save themselves jumping on the water and making a MAYDAY call, respectively.
How to prevent fire on your boat?
There are some steps that can reduce the chance of your boat catching fire. Let’s know about a few of these steps.
This is a common fire protection device. This electronic device should be placed in the enclosed areas of your boat. Whenever the device senses the presence of any kind of smoke, it creates a loud sound offering all the souls on board to save their lives.
Carbon monoxide detector
This is considered one of the most dangerous gases present on earth as it can kill the human almost instantly. When the boat catches fire, there is a chance of an abundance of Carbon monoxide on the boat deck. So, as a responsible boat owner, you should add a CO detector to your boat so that you can avoid CO fatalities.
Be extra careful if you have gas cylinders onboard and while cooking
Keep the gas cylinder in an open space on your boat deck away from the fuel tank, boat engine, and cooking ovens. Cooking on board can be a risky task. So, we will say that you should never leave the oven unattended. If possible, try to avoid the in-built igniters.
What to do if the boat suddenly catches a fire?
If you sense a fire erupting on your boat, you should ask all the passengers to come to the boat deck wearing their life jackets so that they can jump on the water if the fire goes out of hand. You should also position your boat in the direction of the wind so that plenty of air can come in to push out the harmful smokes. Use the fire extinguisher on the firebase repeatedly until you stop the fire.
Boats are more prone to fire hazards. So you should keep yourself, and your boat passengers prepared all the time regarding fire safety. This way, at least no one will come across fatal injuries on your boat.