Part 6 - Fire extinguishing and escape

Introduction to the subject matter covered by the checks in Part 6

This part covers the requirements to ensure that boats have suitable fire-fighting equipment in order to provide an immediate response to a small fire. This will minimise the risk of a fire on a boat escalating out of control, and can help crew and passengers to escape safely.

It is expected that portable fire extinguishers are properly certified, that there are a sufficient number of an appropriate type and that they are in good condition.

There is a section on fire blankets in this part. A fire blanket may provide a better method of extinguishing a cooking pan fire. It can also be used as a means of protection to aid escape.

To help ensure that anyone onboard may escape more easily from a fire, we strongly recommend that whenever possible, a boat should have two means of escape from accommodation areas. This will be checked at examination and advice provided as appropriate.

Knowing about the location of extinguishers; knowing how to use them and the fire blanket; and ensuring that the crew know where the escape points are key parts of a fire action plan. The requirements and checks within Part 6 should be read with this advice in mind

The BSS requirements associated with fire fighting and escape are:

  • 16 All vessels must carry specified fire fighting equipment.
  • 17 All fire fighting equipment must be maintained in good condition and kept readily accessible for safe use in an emergency.

The proposals

The revised version of the ECPs can be read from a pdf format file by clicking the link on the image on the right below.

The orginal version of the Checking procedures can be read by clicking on the link on the left-hand image. This will launch the chapter of the BSS Guide that also contains all the relevant guidance and descriptions which may offer a more whole perspective.

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