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Many boats and PWCs have burned to the water line needlessly.

To help prevent a fire:

  • Don't mix the three ingredients required to ignite a fire—fuel, oxygen, and heat.
  • Make sure ventilation systems have been installed and are used properly.
  • Maintain the fuel system to avoid leaks, and keep the bilges clean.
  • Follow the safe fueling procedures.
Fire Triangle
To prevent a fire emergency, don't
mix the three ingredients that
cause a fire to erupt:
fuel, oxygen, and heat.
If Fire Erupts on Your Boat

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 P.A.S.S.).
  • Never use water on a gasoline, oil, grease, or electrical fire.
  • Summon help with your VHF marine radio.
P.A.S.S.
Remember P.A.S.S. for using fire extinguishers

To remember how to properly use a fire extinguisher—remember P.A.S.S.

P: Pull pin.
A: Aim at base of fire.
S: Squeeze handle.
S: Sweep side to side.