part 6 - fire prevention & extinguishing equipment

The provisions of Part 6 in the 2002 BSS Standards are mandatory for non-private boats where applicable.

The main aim of this part of the Standards is to ensure your boat has suitable fire fighting equipment (see number of fire extinguishers and approval of portable fire fighting equipment) to provide an immediate response to a small fire. This will minimise the risk of a fire on your boat, or on a boat nearby, escalating out of control, and can help you and your passengers to escape safely.

Making sure that your portable fire extinguishers are properly certified, that you have a sufficient number of appropriate extinguishers and that the extinguishers are in good condition all helps. A fire blanket may provide an alternative method of extinguishing a cooking pan fire or allowing safe escape from the boat. It's also strongly recommended that your boat has two means of escape from accommodation areas.