Hale Fire Protection District

Boat and Marina Fire Safety

Boat fire incidents, both on the boat and in the marina pose serious threats to the safety of passengers, crew members, and nearby properties.

Boating and marina activities are meant to be enjoyable and relaxing. However, fire incidents in boats and marinas pose serious threats to the safety of passengers, crew members, and nearby properties. Boat fires can be caused by various factors such as electrical malfunctions, fuel leaks, and poor maintenance practices, while marina fires can spread quickly due to the presence of flammable materials nearby. Therefore, it is essential to understand and implement proper fire safety measures in every boating and marina activity. Fire safety measures include regular maintenance, proper storage of flammable materials, and the installation of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. A basic understanding of fire safety precautions can help prevent catastrophic fires that can lead to loss of life or property, and keep everyone safe while enjoying the boating and marina experiences.

Boat and Marina Fire Safety


In the marina

    • Ask about the types of fire and emergency features at the marina, including smoke alarms and fire suppression equipment.
    • Know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to escape.
    • Smoke only in designated areas away from any fuel-filling or storage areas.
    • Inspect shore power connections for any obvious signs of damage or improper installations.
    • Know how to contact help.

On the boat

    • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to alert occupants to a fire.
    • Have a fire emergency plan and practice it.
    • Inspect electrical wiring, connections, cords, and battery-charging equipment to ensure they are installed properly and in good condition.
    • Have the appropriate fire extinguishers and make sure they are easily accessible. Train all boaters on how to use them.
    • Check your cooling and exhaust systems. Make sure they work properly.
    • Turn off portable heaters when you leave the boat or go to sleep.
    • Only use certified chargers for personal electronic devices. Don’t overload power outlets.

If a fire does occur

    • Alert boat occupants and quickly get to a safe location.
    • Discharge fire extinguishers from a safe location, or get to a safe location and contact the fire department.

For printable handouts to share with family and friends, 

©2023 All rights reserved Hale Fire Protection District

Skip to content