Fighting Fire on Board (2)

- All electrical equipment from light bulbs to radiators and heaters produce heat, which may cause fire without to need for a spark. Switch off electrical equipment when not in use, whenever possible. Be particularly careful in galleys and cargo holds. Do not allow light clusters or single lights to be buried in the cargo - always check after loading.

- Always keep fire doors closed to restrict the spread of flames and smoke.

- Education is, as always, the greatest aid to safety. During fire drills on board everyone must learn where fire-fighting equipment and lifesaving appliances are kept and how they work.

- Station bills. Each vessel should have a Fire Duty Station Bill posted in a visible place and every crew member should be clear about his role and duties in a fire emergency.

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