Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service's boat safety advisor will be out and about on the Kennet & Avon Canal from next week to offer free safety advice and smoke detectors to boaters.
The fire service say that canal boat safety is a priority for them given the amount of waterway that run through the Wiltshire area. Fire safety campaigns have been run along the K&A Canal for the past two summers but his is the first time that visits have been carried out in the winter.
Rob Buckland will be visiting boat dwellers and users along the canal between 31 January and 7 February to give advice on issues such as smoke alarms, cooking, fuel storage, flares, life jackets and general water safety.
Rob said: “At this time of the year families living aboard their boats will be storing more fuel so the risk of fire is increased. I’ll be giving advice on fuel storage as well as general safety guidance.
"We have seen a significant drop in accidental boat fires over the past couple of years, but there was an incident at New Year which showed that the risks are always there.”
Rob will also install smoke detectors free of charge where necessary.
To get boat safety advice or to request a visit call Rob on 07734 483880