House Boats

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Houseboating is enjoyed by many people. It is a great way to have fun and relax with family and friends. It is important for all passengers, when boarding a houseboat for the first time, familiarise themselves with the safety equipment located onboard.

Locate and check the following:

  • Fire extinguishers – read operating instructions carefully.
  • Smoke alarms – press and hold the test button on each alarm to ensure all alarms operate correctly.
  • Fire blanket in kitchen area (if installed). Read the instructions for use before you need them.
  • Fire buckets front and rear – check attached rope lines.
  • Personal flotation devices. Ensure there are sufficient for all occupants.
  • Know the 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 the powerboat onshore and clean up any spills immediately.
    • Do not smoke when refuelling and ensure there is no naked flame nearby.
    • Ensure that a suitable extinguisher is readily accessible in case of a fire.
    • Follow South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS), National Parks & Wildlife Service and Local Government regulations when having campfires or barbeques on shore.

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of fires in a home. Please refer to Cooking Fact Sheet and Home Heating Fact Sheet. 

Be vigilant with candle use as well whilst houseboating. Please refer to Candles Fact Sheet. 

A houseboat is no different to a residential home in relation to fire safety. Please refer to Fire In The Home Fact Sheet.


Download the PDF English version of this Home Fire Safety Fact Sheet (PDF 313KB)

For further advice ring the Community Safety & Resilience Department 8204 3611, Country callers 1300 737 637


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