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Safety Equipment to Carry on a Boat

Personal safety is a big concern when it comes to boats and you need to make sure that there is equipment on board for any emergency that can happen. This will minimise loss of property or life. You need to make sure that your boat is stocked at all times when it comes to safety supplies.

You should always have a fire extinguisher on the board. They should be located in areas that are more accessible and you also need to consider the proximity to potential sources of fire on the boat. There are regulations that are set down for the types of fire extinguishers and the number of extinguishers that should be on a boat depending on its size and function. And other marine supplies in the event of fire include breathing equipment, escape smoke hoods and fire suits. When there is a fire, it can be difficult for those on board to breathe through the smoke. There are oxygen masks and oxygen tanks that can be of help in such an emergency. If you are carrying oxygen tanks, make sure that they come with an alarm system that warns when the air inside is low so that you can replace it.

A fire suit can be worn by those in the boat when diffusing a large fire. These suits are heat-resistant and you need to understand instructions when wearing them. Anyone who is facing the fire and attempting to control it should be wearing these suits. It is best to have one or two at hand on the boat. There is a lot of damage that smoke and gases that result from fires can do.

Escape smoke hoods can protect you from toxic gases in case of a fire and they will be very useful when evacuating. Just like the fire extinguishers, these escape hoods should be kept in accessible areas that are ventilated well. Make sure that there are distress signals on the boat so that you can let other boats know you are having an emergency. Pyrotechnics such as rocket parachute flares, smoke signals and hand flares come in use in these situations. However, they should be stored in an accessible location that is away from combustibles. Before you start the journey, you need to make sure that these are well within the date of expiration.

When there is an emergency and the cell phone network is not available, there are devices such as personal locator beacons that can send out an electronic transmission signal. This will send out an alert regarding the location of these in need. Insulation is required to stop or reduce the spread of fire. It will also reduce the energy load for cooling and heating. You can insulate the decks, walls and bulkheads on the ship to protect those on board, protect the ship from fire or moisture and also reduce energy consumption. There are automatic identification systems such as search and rescue transponders that will help authorities locate a vessel that is having an emergency. It has a built-in GPS to provide accurate location of the boat and it will send regular updates to the rescue ship.

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