State issues boating fire safety guides

Olympia – As the state’s boating season continues and more residents navigate the waters for fun and sun, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you voyage responsibly and safely.

Fires occurring on boats can spread quickly and present unique response challenges due to hazardous conditions and limited access.

According to a 2020 report by the US Coast Guard and the US Department of Homeland Security, nationally, 6% of boating accidents resulted from fires onboard, with 2.2% of those fire incidents occurring in Washington State.

The best defense against fire is prevention.



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