Marine Fire Prevention And Safety Services
Whether you are at home, at work, shopping, or even on a boat having the right fire safety equipment in place can save lives. The reason there are Australian Standards for Marine fire prevention is to keep property as safe as possible while also protecting the lives of those who are on the water. Any small mistake can spark a fire emergency, and a lapse in marine fire prevention can be devastating.
Safety Measures for Marine Vessels
Personal watercraft, motor boats, yachts and commercial boats are required to adhere to Australian Standards for boating safety. These standards include marine fire safety guidelines such as:
- Portable fire equipment – extinguishers, bailers, fire buckets, flares and buoyant torches are types of portable fire equipment that is often required on marine vessels. The size of your vessel and the amount of flammable liquids carried will determine how many and what types of portable fire equipment would be needed.
- Fire suppression systems – on larger vessels, installing and maintaining a fire suppression system can protect certain areas of the boat. For example if there is an engine compartment a fire suppression system can be triggered to quickly extinguish a fire. Because these systems often use halon gas or other chemicals that remove oxygen from the air, they should not be used in living quarters or areas where people may regularly occupy on the vessel.
- Alarms and evacuation systems – smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms should be installed on larger vessels. By quickly detecting an emergency the occupants can get to safety much faster.
- Fire safety training – this regulation cannot be over-emphasized. With proper fire safety training the operators of the boat as well as the occupants are better prepared to calmly and quickly respond to an emergency, which will help to save lives and reduce property damage.
- Servicing and maintenance – regardless of the type of fire safety equipment installed on your vessel, there should be a routine service and maintenance schedule that is always used. Fire extinguishers and other types of equipment can lose their charge over time or become damaged by prolonged exposure to salt water, extreme weather, or excessive moisture. By keeping a regular maintenance schedule you can be confident that your fire safety equipment will work properly whenever it may be needed.
Fire Safe Services is fully trained and skilled in the needs of all types of marine fire prevention equipment and the maintenance that is required. Partnering with the most experienced fire safety provider can help you stay compliant with Australian regulations and keep your boating operations safe.