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Because boat engines may backfire, the Small Vessel Regulations require that every pleasure craft that is fueled with gasoline or uses propane devices must have ignition-protected electrical devices. These parts are designed to keep sparks from escaping, preventing the ignition of gasoline or propane vapours in case the engine backfires.

  • All ignition-protected electrical components that you use should be labelled as ignition-protected parts.
  • Make sure that your pleasure craft is serviced by a certified marine technician if it has:
    • A car or truck engine that has been converted for marine use or…
    • Engine parts that may not be ignition-protected.
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