Georgia Boater Education Course


CHAPTER 4: Emergency Preparedness


If you are boating and a fire starts on board, here is what to do:

  • Stop the engine immediately! This is always the first thing to do in case of a boat fire.
  • Position your boat so that the wind blows the fire away from your boat. This will help prevent the fire from spreading and minimize smoke inhalation for you and your passengers.
  • If possible, separate the fuel source from the fire. For example, shut off the gas to the engine or disconnect the gas tank.
  • Grab your marine-rated fire extinguisher and do the following:
    • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Then, pull the pin and squeeze the two levers together to engage the extinguisher.
    • Now, use a sweeping motion while focusing on the base of the fire.
    • Continue using the extinguisher until the fire is completely out.

Nice work! You've put out the fire. Now, it's time to get to shore safely. Use a distress signal or your marine radio to notify other boaters that you need help.