VIDEO: BoatUS releases report on fire safety

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In an effort to improve fire safety aboard recreational boats, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water issued Foundation Findings No. 55.

The report, part of a long-running educational series devoted to boating safety topics, includes a five-minute video showing three boat burns captured by 12 cameras. The video depicts an electrical fire aboard a small open fishing boat, an engine compartment fire aboard a typical sport boat and a cabin fire aboard a larger cruiser.

By simulating various types of boat fires and capturing them on video, Foundation Findings No. 55 offers boaters a look at how little time they may have when a fire occurs aboard, BoatUS said.

Practical advice about the importance of detection and prioritizing a crew’s response, as well as fire prevention and preparation, are at the report’s website, BoatUS.org/Findings/55.

“We’ve outlined some simple steps all boaters can take to improve their own fire safety,” BoatUS Foundation boating safety assistant director Ted Sensenbrenner said in a statement.

“We want to help boaters, for example, make the decision to add more fire extinguishers than the bare minimum required or to properly connect their DSC VHF radio to the GPS so that the one-button mayday feature works when they really need it.”

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