Safety on Your Boat

Boat Safety Scheme - The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), is a public safety initiative owned by Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency.  Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users.

Carbon Monoxide Safety - Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless, invisible, and very toxic gas. It is the product of incomplete combustion. If a carbon-based fuel - such as petrol, diesel, LPG (liquid petroleum gas), wood, coal, or charcoal briquettes - is burned in an atmosphere
with insufficient oxygen, Carbon Monoxide results. National statistics show many deaths are recorded annually from Carbon Monoxide produced by malfunctioning or improperly vented appliances.

Fire safety - Prevention is the best protection when it comes to fire safety aboard a boat. This means taking all reasonable steps to prevent a fire from breaking out. However, accidents happen so it is important to have safety measures in place to help all boaters deal with a fire. Early detection is important so install and maintain smoke alarms. If a fire is detected everyone on board should know what to do – create a fire action plan and share with all on board.

Boating Hazards Checklist

Supervising Children & Dogs

How to avoid getting hung up on the cill in a lock

See also: Safe and Friendly Canal Cruising - a guide to boating etiquette and safety