Fire on the Water
When we discuss fires, most people think of their homes and businesses, but we don’t think about fire mixing with water. Recently in our area their were a series of fires that got us to thinking about a neglected category of fire education, fire on the water. At SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile, we realize that our customers live in an area abundant with a variety of wetlands and rivers, as well as Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A vast number of you use boats frequently to explore these areas for recreational and occupational purposes. Most people have never even thought about the possibility of their vessel catching fire, but it happens more often that you would think. According to Boat U. S. Marine Insurance nearly 32% of all boat fires were caused by an electrical malfunction making it the most common source. Believe it or not only roughly 5% of boat fires are attributed to a fuel source. It is important to maintain your boat properly and check regularly for loose or frayed wiring. You should have it inspected regularly by a professional as well. Make sure to follow all U. S. Coast Guard guidelines and always have a fire extinguisher on the boat.