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Emergency: Fires

If you have a fire on board, make sure everyone is wearing a lifejacket and use extinguishers to control the fire.

Follow the procedures below if there is a small fire:

  • Stop the engine if it is safe to do so under the weather conditions;
  • Position your boat so that the wind will blow the fire away from your boat;
  • Pull the pin out of the extinguisher and squeeze the two levers together;
  • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the flames from six feet away; and
  • Sweep the discharge nozzle from side to side, continuing for a few seconds after the flames are completely out.



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