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Boat on fire

If fire erupts on your boat:

  • If underway, stop the boat. Have everyone who is not wearing a PFD put one on in case you must abandon the boat.
  • Position the boat so that the fire is downwind.
    • If the fire is at the back of the boat, head into the wind. If the engine must be shut off, use a paddle to keep the bow into the wind.
    • If the fire is at the front of the boat, put the stern into the wind.
  • If the fire is in an engine space, shut off the fuel supply.
  • Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the flames, and sweep back and forth (remember PASS).
  • Never use water on a gasoline, oil, grease, or electrical fire.
  • Summon help with your VHF marine radio.