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Warning following four boat fires
With more hot weather on the way, CFA is reminding boating enthusiasts in the northern country to follow some basic safety tips, following several boat fires on Lake Eildon at Bonnie Doon.
CFA District 23 Operations Officer Graeme Neal said there have been three boat fires at Bonnie Doon in the past week and children were burnt in two of the accidents. There was also a boat explosion on the Murray River near Yarrawonga in the first week of January.
“We don’t want to stop people from enjoying their holidays, but we do want them to stay safe,” Mr Neal said.
“There are some basic safety checks that everyone should make to reduce the chances of a boat fire, and we’re urging people to use their common sense.”
- A qualified technician should check boat motors and electrical systems prior to their use each season.
- Check fuel lines and repair any leaks.
- If you have an inboard motor be aware that fumes can build up inside the boat.
- Turn off the motor when refuelling. Hot refuelling is dangerous.
- Be aware of spillages.
- Store petrol in a suitable container.
- Never leave children unattended in a boat.
- There should always be a responsible adult in attendance.
- If you smell fuel, get everyone off the boat and investigate the cause.
- Have a fire extinguisher on hand.