Boat fire safety talk, Bradford on Avon, 8th November

There will be a Boat Fire Safety Talk at 7pm tomorrow, Thursday 8th November 2018 at the Lock Inn, Lower Wharf, Bradford on Avon. 

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be giving comprehensive advice on how to make your boat as fire safe as possible and what to do in case of fire, including FREE smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

Don’t become a statistic – according to the Fire Service, a massive 28% of boat fires cause fatalities. Don’t let this happen to you!! Come and find out how to prevent fire hazards on your boat.

The Fire Safety sessions are organised by Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service in conjunction with the two local Fire and Rescue Services: Avon, and Dorset and Wiltshire. The Fire Service will continue to offer fire safety advice on the towpath or you can request a free boat fire safety visit. Also look out for Boat Fire Safety Week at the end of May when fire officers will be out on the towpath offering boat fire safety checks and free smoke and CO alarms. The next Boat Fire Safety Talk will be at the Black Horse, Devizes on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7pm.

Here are some fire safety tips that firefighters will share with boaters:

*Fit a suitable smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.

*Make a fire action plan.

*Take extreme care when refuelling with petrol or changing gas cylinders.

*Avoid using portable gas equipment on-board, where possible, and store all gas canisters in special gas lockers or open places where any leaks will flow overboard.

*Routinely check items such as battery terminals and fuse box connections for damaged strands or signs of overheating.

*Take care when doing repairs, and keep interiors well ventilated when using adhesives, paints and spirit based products.

You can contact the Travelling Communities Support Service on 07960 097719 or email

If you are in or near Wiltshire, for a Fire Safety Check contact Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on 01380 732972. The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service also provide homeless packs – rucksacks with basic equipment to help people who are homeless and sleeping rough. If you know anyone who needs a homeless pack, contact Karen at the Fire and Rescue Service as above.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service also runs a stall offering public fire safety advice – including boat fire safety – at the Shambles indoor market, Market Place, Devizes on the last Thursday of every month.

If you would like a Fire Safety check on your boat, if you are in the Avon area (west of Dundas) contact Avon Fire and Rescue Service on 0117 926 2061.


You can download a Boat Fire Safety booklet here fire_safety_on_boats pdf 447 kb

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