Don’t be fooled by the presence of water – fires are a serious concern for any marine vessel. Get your suppression systems certified by AAA Fire so you can rest easy on each voyage.
Your Vessel’s Marine Systems
Boats consitute a relatively small, often enclosed space, filled with electrical wiring and fuel. As a result, they are particularly susceptible to fire. That’s why we recommend equipping your vessel with the appropriate fire suppression systems – from marine fire extinguishers to sprinklers – and getting them checked annually. Having served the Puget Sound region for over 60 years, we are experts at marine vessel fire preparation. We’re in the business of keeping you safe from fire, both on land and at sea.
Marine suppression systems require annual certification. Stay in compliance and be prepared for the worst case scenario.
The AAA Fire Protection Process
Our team of technicians is able to certify any type of marine vessel, anywhere in the Greater Puget Sound region.
Inspection appointments typically take around 45 minutes. Only one technician is usually necessary. During the appointment, your technician will perform a visual inspection, check all electrical connections, check your alarm system, and perform a pull station test. He or she will also measure the weight of the system.
Boats and ships pose a host of fire hazards unique to seafaring vessels. That’s why marine suppression systems require care from specially trained technicians, like those at AAA Fire Protection. The best part? We’ll not only complete your annual inspection; we’ll also remind you when your vessel is due for its next inspection.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can Cause a Boat Fire?
There are a number of causes of boat fires, such as:
– Old batteries. The voltage regulator is significantly more likely to cause a fire after ten years of age.
– Electrical connections. Faulty installation of cables and old wiring harnesses are among a few electrical causes.
– Proximity to fire. About 25% of boat fires occurred because of a nearby fire, such as a neighboring boat, marina, or garage.
Are Boat Fires Common?
Boat fires become increasingly common the older the vessel, as batteries and electrical connections sustain use.
What Should I Do In Case of Marine Fire?
If your vessel is docked and the fire is small, use your extinguisher to quickly stop it from escalating. If the fire is already large, evacuate and call 911 for help.
If you’re away from the shore and the engine is running, shut it off immediately. Again, if the fire is small, use the fire extinguisher to put it out immediately. If the fire is coming from the engine room, avoid the urge to open the doors, as that will allow more oxygen to feed the fire. Your vessel may have an automatic suppression system installed here. If not, direct the fire extinguisher through the small ports into the engine room. You should also be sure to call the Coast Guard for help.