AVOIDING FIRE AFLOAT
PETROL vapour and BUTANE gas are dangerous. Both are heavier than air and do not disperse readily if there is a spillage or leak.
IF THERE IS A POTENTIAL LEAK
If a build-up or petrol or gas vapour is suspected – you can usually smell it, particularly when examining bilges – take immediate action:
1. Stop the engine and extinguish all naked flames, cigarettes, pipes, cookers, fridges, water
2. Turn off the shut-off cock on the petrol feed pipe and the valve on the butane gas cylinder.
3. Open up the space affected as much as possible to induce a through ventilation by opening
doors, hatches and portholes.
4. Tie up or anchor – keeping a safe distance from other craft and:-
• Get everyone off the vessel;
• Warn other people in the vicinity;
• Call the fire brigade if the leak is really bad.
5. Do not use until the leak has been addressed and the system re-tested.
Before taking on fuel:-
1. Stop the engine and remove the key.
2. Turn off all cooking, heating and lighting appliances, and extinguish all pipes, cigarettes
and naked flames.
3. Close all hatches, doors and portholes.
4. To avoid overfilling, check the fuel tank carefully with a dip stick.
5. Make sure that the tap between the petrol tank and the engine is turned off.
After taking on fuel:-
6. The filler inlet cap should be tightly secured.
7. Check that no fuel has overflowed or leaked.
8. Mop up any spillage, making sure that you dispose of the fuel soaked items safely and in
an environmentally conscious manner.
9. Ventilate the boat thoroughly before starting up the engine or using naked lights again.
10. BSS requires that petrol should not be carried on board in portable containers . However with limited availability of fuel on some networks, this may be unavoidable. In this case no larger than a 5 litre can should be used.
11. Where there are portable containers they should only be decanted or opened for
any purpose in a well-ventilated space or in the open air.
12. Portable containers should be kept in the open air where they should be secured by a
safety strap or other quick release device.
13. Portable containers should be those that are properly produced and marked for the storage
and carriage of fuel.
* These precautions should also be taken for diesel oil even though it is a much safer fuel than
1. Ventilate thoroughly any compartment which has not been used for some time. When
taking over a hire craft, ventilate all compartments.
2. Before going to bed or leaving the boat:-
• Switch off all appliances unless, like refrigerators, they are designed for continuous running.
3. When changing cylinders:
• Check that the valve on the empty cylinder is turned off before disconnecting the cylinder:
• Do not turn on the valve of the full cylinder until it is connected up:
• Make sure the full cylinder is securely fixed into position.
4. Do not leave a cooker or other appliance unattended if there is any danger of a draught
extinguishing the flame. Hatches and portholes causing through draughts should be closed.
5. Spare and empty containers should be kept in the open air secured by safety straps or
other quick release devices.
* Also refers to: `Bottogas`, `Butagas`, `Calor Gas`, `Kosangas`, `Rural Gas`, `Gaz` and
We recommend that carbon monoxide, gas and smoke detectors are fitted within your cabin.
Gas detectors should be at floor level; carbon monoxide and waste level.
FIRE ACTION – EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Make sure that you and all your crew know the exact location of the “Fire Point”, “Emergency Contact Points” and “Assembly Point” for your mooring.
1. Get crew ashore, send one to a report point to call the fire brigade, if at Ashwood using the
details listed on your “ Making a 999 Call” instructions at the front of this section.
2. IF SAFE TO DO SO:
Get other members and/or by-standers to move boats on either side as far away as
possible. (See section below on what to do here).
3. IF SAFE TO DO SO:
Turn off gas at cylinder and remove cylinder/s if possible, well away from boats.
3. IF SAFE TO DO SO:
Remove fuel tank/s and if applicable the outboard engine.
4. IF SAFE TO DO SO: Tackle blaze with your extinguisher; if not shut all doors, windows
and hatches and leave boat.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CAST THE BOAT ADRIFT.
Remove Adjacent Boats Away From Burning Boats as Follows:
1. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE ANY ADJACENT BOATS TO THE BURNING
2. PARTICULARLY IN JETTY AREAS DO NOT GET TRAPPED BETWEEN A
BURNING BOAT AND THE SAFETY OF LAND.
3. DO NOT PUT ANY LIVES AT RISK. IF THERE IS ANY HINT OF DANGER
LEAVE THE BOAT TO BURN – THEY CAN BE REPLACED.
4. Starting at the first vessel that is out of immediate danger, move the boats WELL AWAY
FROM THE SCENE OF THE INCIDENT.
5. If this has not caused a long enough firebreak then repeat the above operation by moving
the next boat along.
6. Begin moving boats downwind, of the burning vessel, then once a suitable firebreak is
established, begin moving boats upwind.
7. It is very important to get boats well clear as they are moved to avoid a log jamb effect
which could make things even more difficult to deal with. Remember providing there is
plenty of space it is always easier to move boats downwind than upwind, unless they are
actually under their own power or being towed.
8. Our resident staff are there to help in an emergency, any instructions which they might
give should be followed to avoid confusion.
When reporting fires the report point will need the following information:
1. Type of boat.
2. Exact location on Marina or canal/river - ie. Nearest bridge number.
3. Some details of fire.
For further details on making 999 calls see the beginning of this section
Fortunately serious accidents are rare on boats but never the less BE PREPARED.
Have a small First Aid Kit on your boat for cuts, abrasions etc.
Learn the rudiments of Artificial Respiration, it just could save someone’s life.
Most members of the Ashwood Staff and residents team are trained first aiders should you feel that matters are a bit beyond your control.
Ashwood also has a defibulator, so if you think someone has had a heart attack call for a staff member to attend urgently.
In the event of an emergency, go at once to one of the emergency report points and stay with them whilst they arrange for assistance, when you report an incident be prepared to give the information listed below.
The report point will need to know the following information:
1. Nature of incident or injury.
2. Exact location of patient/casualty.
3. Number, age and sex of patient/s as far as possible.
REMEMBER ACCURACY SAVES LIVES
For further information on making 999 calls see beginning of this section
EMERGENCY REPORT POINTS
Mr & Mrs Tew: N.B. ANNA MARIE
Mr G Davies: N.B. EBONY
Mr & Mrs Berridge: N.B. FREESPIRIT
Mr R Cornish: BRAMBLECOTE COTTAGE
Mr & Mrs Durnall: CARAVAN – JAYCEE
Mr A Whitehouse: N.B. AER GREAME
Emergency report points are indicated with a sign as shown above and should only be used in an emergency and for no other purpose.
During office hours emergencies can also be reported to the shop/office.
FAMILIARISE YOURSELF AND YOUR CREW WITH THE CONTENTS OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS – KEEP THEM WHERE YOU AND YOUR CREW CAN FIND THEM EASILY IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – TELL YOUR CREW WHERE THEY ARE.
If there is an incident within the main building complex an Air Horn will sound.
Each mooring area has a fire point, if there is a need to evacuate the area, this is where people from that area should assemble. Upon assembly they need to check that their neighbours, should they have also been on site at the same time, are also present. If they are not, please alert a member of staff.
If there is a need for main evacuation, then the ass persons located within the Ashwood Marine Services & Boat Repairs’ area.
Whilst we have taken every precaution to alert mooring holders to incidences (Fire bells) and provide life saving equipment (Life buoys and fire extinguishers) around the site, we cannot know who is on site and therefore who is vulnerable should a major incident occur. To help address this problem we would like your conscious support with the following proposal: That when you arrive at your mooring, you make a note of who else within your immediate area is on site. Should the fire bell subsequently ring, or any other incident occurs that requires your immediate evacuation, you can ensure that your neighbours are also responding.
Weils Disease (Leptospirosis)
This is a water born disease carried by rats and other animals. It is a threat to you if you fall into the canal and intake any water, either by swallowing or via cuts or grazes.
In 90% of cases, Leptospirosis only causes mild flu-like symptoms, such as a headache, chills and muscle pain.
However, in some cases the infection is more severe and can cause life threatening problems, including organ failure and internal bleeding. Leptospirosis is also known as Weil`s disease.
If you fall in the canal and either swallow the water or absorb water via a cut or graze etc, then begin to feel the above symptoms, contact a G.P.