Boat Fires

Boat fires demand immediate action. They can quickly lead to devastating consequences.

Fumes can easily get trapped in a boat; this, combined with a fuel source, makes boat fires very dangerous very quickly.

How to Respond to a Marine Fire

If a fire starts while you are on board a boat:

  • Immediately stop the engine.
  • Position the boat so that the wind is blowing the fire away from the boat. This will help minimize its spread and smoke inhalation.
  • Shut off the gas to the engine, and disconnect the gas tank, if possible. Remove any additional fuel sources.
  • Use your marine-rated fire extinguisher.
    • Aim for the base of the fire.
    • Pull the pin and squeeze the two levers together to engage the extinguisher.
    • Continue using it until the fire is completely extinguished.

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