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Smoke alarm warning for boat owners

Boat owners in the UK are being advised to fit smoke alarms on board their vessels to protect against the potential dangers of fire.

As reported in the Bournemouth Echo, fire fighters are convinced the number of people who died in UK boat fires in recent years would have been reduced if their vessels had been fitted with working smoke alarms.

A spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: “We provide support to the sailing fraternity in the area and ensure there is boat safety information available for all our visitors. Boats are often in remote locations with difficult access, which may result in fire fighters taking longer to arrive and allowing a fire to destroy the boat and everything onboard.

“Working smoke alarms make a difference to the outcome of fires on boats. All boats with overnight accommodation ought to have smoke alarms.”

A spokesperson for independent insurance broker, Bluefin commented: “Boating is an enjoyable pastime and is very popular with people in the UK, although it does have its risks. We are urging people to check they have the correct safety precautions in place and also comprehensive insurance cover in case anything should go wrong.”