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Boat fires are especially dangerous because passengers can easily become trapped as fiberglass vigorously burns and fuel tanks explode. Luckily, fires are easy to prevent so long as you remain cautious while operating your boat. Check out some of these fire safety tips to remember while boating.

·         Fueling: Because gasoline is flammable, take precautions each time you fuel up your boat. Ask everyone to step off the boat and extinguish smoking materials while fueling. Turn off the engine, close the hatches and ensure that the fill nozzle stays in contact with the tank. If you accidentally spill fuel, clean it up immediately. After fueling, open the hatches and run the blower for a few minutes.

·         Fuel system: Replace any fuel lines that are cracked or discolored. Replace a plastic fuel tank that has bulges or discoloration, and replace a metal fuel tank that is corroded.

·         Electric system: If you spot minor corrosion at electrical connections, scrub it off with a pencil eraser or nail file. Any cracks, discoloration or significant corrosion will necessitate replacement parts.

·         Upholstery: Apply a fire retardant to your upholstery. This may only buy you a few extra minutes if a fire breaks out, but that additional time could mean your survival.

·         Fire extinguishers: Your boat should always have working fire extinguishers—of the correct type—on board. The Coast Guard lists recommendations on their site for the appropriate number of extinguishers for different boat sizes. Make sure that expired devices are replaced and that you know how to operate them.

Following safety protocols on board may earn you a discount on your boat insurance. Call your independent insurance agent today to get a free quote.

Find out if you can save. Call Corbett & Associates Insurance Agency at (805) 496-1424 for more information on Thousand Oaks boat insurance.

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