FIREFIGHTERS are visiting boat owners this week to make vital safety checks and give out advice on how they can stay safe.
Cleveland Fire Brigade will be stepping up their patrols during Boat Fire Safety Week handing out safety leaflets and urging boat owners to fit smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
The message, timed for the start of the boating season, is that owners should understand the risks, and make regular, basic checks to deal with the threat of fire and carbon monoxide.
Phil Lancaster, director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Throughout Cleveland we have many miles of coastline and river including areas such as the Hartlepool Marina and the River Tees, where there are lots of boats and sailing vessels.
“Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke can cause unconsciousness, which is why it is so important for boats to have smoke alarms fitted and to test them regularly.
For a free boat fire safety check, call (01429) 874063.