Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fire Emergencies

How to Deal with Fire Emergencies

Don't mix the three ingredients required to ignite a fire, fuel, oxygen, and heat.

Make sure ventilation systems have been installed and are used properly.

Maintain the fuel system to avoid leaks, and keep the bilges clean.

If fire erupts on your boat:
If you are underway, stop the boat. Have everyone who is not wearing a PFD put one on in case you have to abandon your boat.

Position the boat so that the fire is downwind.

If the fire is at the back of the boat, head into the wind. If the engine must be shut off, use a paddle to keep the bow into the wind.

If the fire is at the front of the boat, put the stern into the wind.

If the fire is in an engine space, shut off the fuel supply.

Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the flames, and sweep back and forth (remember P.A.S.S.).

Never use water on a gasoline, oil, grease, or electrical fire.

Call for help with your VHF marine radio.

To prevent a fire emergency, don't mix the three ingredients that cause a fire to start:

fuel, oxygen, and heat.

To remember how to properly use a fire extinguisher, remember P.A.S.S.
P: Pull pin.

A: Aim at base of fire.

S: Squeeze handle.

S: Sweep side to side.