Washington Boating Safety Course


FIRE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Gasoline fumes are heavier than air. Fuel and fumes on board need only a spark to explode or start a blaze. Fires need three things: heat (such as a match or spark from the ignition), fuel (gasoline, propane, etc.), and oxygen (air). Removing any of the aforementioned fire elements can extinguish the fire.


IF YOUR BOAT IS UNDERWAY AND A FIRE STARTS:

  • Stop the engine immediately — this should always be your FIRST action!
  • Ensure everyone is wearing a PFD.
  • Position the boat so that the fire is downwind (the wind will blow the fire away from the boat).
  • Try to separate the fuel source from the fire.
  • Use the extinguisher to try and put out the fire.

 

USING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER

  • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Pull the pin and squeeze the two levers together.
  • Use a sweeping motion with the extinguisher while maintaining focus on the base of the fire.
  • Continue to extinguish until the fire is COMPLETELY out.