Houseboating is enjoyed by many people. It is a great way to have fun and relax with family and friends. It is important that all responsible people, when boarding a houseboat for the first time, familiarise themselves with the safety equipment located on board.
Locate and check the following:
- Fire extinguishers - read operating instructions carefully
- Smoke alarms - test to see if all alarms operate correctly
- Fire blanket in kitchen area (if installed)
- Fire buckets front and rear - check attached rope lines
- Personal flotation devices
- Radio procedure in case of an emergency
- First aid kit - check contents
Other factors to be aware of:
- Location and operation of LPG shut off valves in case of fire or leak
- BBQ control valves to be turned off after use
- If towing a powerboat:
- Spare fuel must be secured in an approved container on the powerboat and must not be placed on the houseboat
- Refuel powerboat on shore and clean up any spills immediately
- Do not smoke when refuelling
- Ensure that a suitable extinguisher is readily accessible in case of a fire
- Follow South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS), National Parks and Wildlife Service and Local Government regulations when having campfires or barbeques on shore.
For further advice ring the Community Safety & Resilience Department 8204 3611, Country callers 1300 737 637
visit our website www.mfs.sa.gov.au
or call in to 99 Wakefield Street, Adelaide during business hours.