Marine Fire Safety Equipment South Australia
The Nightmare of a Fire at Sea:
What should be an enjoyable voyage can quickly become a nightmare. A simple spark near the cooking area of your boat ignites the grease. The flames can spread so quickly that there are only seconds to react. People on the boat panic and scramble for safety. Who will fight the fire? Where are the life vests? Does everyone know what to do? Could this be you?
The risk of a fire on any marine vessel is real. Proper preparation, training and installation of fire safety equipment is essential to help keep your property protected and to save lives.
Fire Safety is Essential
On any marine vessel there are key areas to address regarding fire safety:
- Types of risks – understand the types of fires that could occur on your boat including engine fire, electrical fire, or a grease fire if the boat has a cooking area
- Safety equipment – determine the types of safety equipment that you should carry on your boat including personal floatation devices (PFDs), fire extinguishers, bailers and more
- Training – everyone on your vessel should be trained on what to do in the event of a fire emergency. Plus you and possibly other people should be fully trained on how to operate fire extinguishers and how to use bailers, fire buckets and other devices
- Maintenance – all fire safety equipment should have a routine inspection and maintenance process in place to make sure all devices are in proper working order when needed
South Australian Safety Standards for Marine Fire Safety Equipment
The government of South Australia Australia has put forth specific safety standards for marine vessels. These standards are designed to reduce the risk of serious injury or death from a fire at sea. By complying with these standards you can help to keep your vessel, crew and occupants safe. Ignoring these essential safety standards puts you at risk and can subject you to government fines and other penalties. Fire extinguishers, for example should comply with AS 1841 based on the type and amount of flammable liquid the boat carries. Also AS 1851 outlines the maintenance requirements for fire extinguishers.
Types of Marine Fire Safety Equipment Standards:
There are different categories of safety requirements based on the area where your marine vessel is located:
- Protected Waters – this area includes all Australian inland waterways with the exception of Lake Alexandria, Lake Albert and waters that could be influenced by tidal conditions. Vessels on these waters should have an appropriate number of fire extinguishers that are suited to the level of fire risk and the size of the watercraft. The vessel should also have a fire bucket, a sufficient number of PFDs for persons on board and other safety items.
- Semi-Protected Waters – these waterways are located up to two nautical miles from the Australian coast including the banks of Lake Alexandria, Lake Albert, and the Coorong. Water craft that navigate these waters should have an adequate number of fire extinguishers based on the size of the vessel and types of fire risks. The boat should also have the right number of PFDs for the occupants and a fire bucket. In addition the boat should have at least two hand held red flares and two orange smoke signals that are hand held plus a buoyant torch or lantern.
- Non-Protected Waters – beyond the two nautical mile mark of the Australian coast is the area of non-protected waters. Because these areas carry more risk, additional safety equipment is required. This includes an adequate number of fire extinguishers that are the appropriate size and type for the vessel, a waterproof torch or lantern, a two-way marine radio that can communicate with on-shore facilities, red flares, orange smoke signals, a fire bucket, fresh water, and a liquid lamped compass.
More detailed lists of marine fire safety equipment can be found online or from your preferred fire safety partner.
Where to Turn for Help
Fire Safe Services is your source for guidance on marine fire safety equipment, proper use, training plus installation and maintenance. Not only can Fire Safe Services provide the necessary equipment to keep your marine vessel safe, the experts can recommend the most appropriate types of equipment and train you on the proper use and fire safety tactics based on your boating needs. After installation you can turn to Fire Safe Services to inspect and maintain the equipment so it is always ready in the event of a fire emergency.