Crews cruise along with safety advice for boat community

Crew Commander Richard Burton gives advice to boaters at Grove Lock, Leighton Buzzard.
Crew Commander Richard Burton gives advice to boaters at Grove Lock, Leighton Buzzard.

Firefighters have given free fire safety checks, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to boaters at Grove Lock, Leighton Buzzard.

Crews from the town’s Community Fire Station visited boats at the mooring to help improve the fire safety of narrow boats and other canal vessels on Monday, May 25 as part of Fire Boat Safety Week.

Free home fire safety inspections were given to a number of boats to identify possible risks and give advice on what could be done to improve fire safety.

Crew Commander Richard Burton said: “While the number of boat fires on our canals and inland waters is relatively low, when they do occur, they quite often have devastating consequences.

“If a boat does catch fire because of the isolated location of moorings and canal routes it may take more time to get to them than an ordinary house fire and this increases the danger of a serious fire developing.

“Boats are homes too and just as likely to have a fire as anywhere else people live and working smoke detectors could help save lives by making occupants aware of a fire and enable them to get to safety quickly.

“Any property using a gas appliance or Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) could also be at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning so boaters should also have a working CO detector to ensure this silent, invisible gas does not overcome the occupants.

“We had some very useful conversations with those living and travelling in vessels along the Grand Union Canal and gave out several smoke alarms and CO detectors to help improve people’s safety.”