date : 18 sept 2010
Fire is one of the most dangerous killers that we have known to encounter. Whether there is a fire on land or at sea, the only way to protect yourself is by knowing the right safety equipment to use and exactly how to use it.
Fire extinguishers have been around since the early 1800’s and have seen several improvements from many different chemists and inventors throughout all areas of the world. Understanding the different fire extinguisher signs also promotes the awareness of the crew on the proper use of fire extinguisher.
The fire safety tools as they are now known have become the best piece of firefighting equipment you can buy. One of the benefits of these types of firefighting tools is that they can be used both on land and at sea.
In the following article, you will find 3 key steps to keeping your ship safe from fire.
If you are a crew member on a large ship, there will need more tools, leg work and skills than for a smaller ship. You will need to make sure there are oxygen masks available for if running up and down decks with a hose will be necessary. While fire extinguishers may come in handy for tiny fires on a ship, they do not necessarily do much good unless contained early.
As there is nowhere safe for passengers and crew to flee to in case of a blaze, Understanding how to catch a fire in it’s infancy and putting it out before anyone dies is critical. This needs quick thinking, quick response time, and the proper education on the use of the tools needed.
With a fire on board, one of the most important steps is to call for outside help. The Coast Guard or the Navy should be available to come to your rescue if an evacuation is necessary. Everyone must abandon the ship unless you are a trained firefighter.
The less people are on board, the more space there will be for firefighters to move quickly and smoothly without interference. Time is of the essence when on a ship. Fires on ships take as many lives as a shipwreck.
If you are on a personal boat out with your family, you must have the right equipment onboard. This includes a radio/cb that has exceptional range so you can call out for help as soon as you need to. You must have flares, water, fire extinguishers that you can use to put out both electrical and flammable liquid fires, a fire suffocation blanket, and an oxygen mask.
Having a fully equipped medical kit would also be a wise decision. Make sure all members understand the proper use of each of the fire safety tools and what do say if calling in an S.O.S to the Coast Guard.
As in all things you do, being prepared on a ship or a boat for fire should just be something you do not have to think twice about. If you want to stay safe, using common sense, taking the time to research, practice and buy the necessary fire safety tools is what is needed to stay alive and safe out in the water.
Having tools such as fire extinguishers on hand for easy reach may mean the difference between catching a fire before it spreads or losing your life and your boat. Take the steps to stay safe and enjoy the experience of life on the water as it was meant to be enjoyed.