Recent Trends Prompting Boat Fire Awareness

Citing a recent spike in boating fires, Alaska State Fire Marshal Kelly Nicolello is warning boaters throughout the state to practice safety measures and prevent accidents.

Nicolello said that leading causes of boat fires and explosions center on fueling and electricity. Trapped fuel vapors can easily be ignited by sparks, causing an immediate fire and engulfing the boat and trapping passengers. Poorly maintained electrical systems lead to the likelihood of sparks.

With the number one cause of fires on boats being wiring faults, chafing of battery cables, bilge pump wires and instrument wires need to be inspected regularly and replaced.

 

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