Electrical fires

Marina fires are typically caused by one of these four areas:  fueling, electrical, cooking, and engine compartment. For this blog post we will be going over the dangers of electrical fires and how to prevent them.

Electricity can be a great value for boaters and marinas alike in terms of power for boaters, dock lights and pump stations. However, the lack of knowledge in wiring and electricity errors can result in vicious fires on boats and nearby various marinas. According to a 2015 survey from Boat U.S., at least 32.0% of boat fires were caused by electrical failures and harmful DC currents. To make matters worse, electrical fires have been the most frequently caused accidents to occur in the marine industry. The main question for boaters and marinas to consider is: What causes electrical fires? We can look at the issue by focusing on the main causes: hot temperature sources, electrical shock drowning, and faulty wires/plug-ins.

What can we do to prevent these types of boat fires? Boaters and marinas can follow the three procedures of safety: (1) heat source management, (2) galvanic isolators, and (3) proper care of wires/plug-ins. First, boaters should make sure that heated lightbulbs and open flames are farther away from the electrical outlets. Second, marina customers can purchase galvanic isolators because the device can block and prevent DC currents from spreading to the open seas. Finally, boaters at marinas can avoid these fires by using newly-updated wires that are not scratched or tainted and giving the plug-ins full contact with electrical outlets. As long as the marine industry finds strategic ways to fix and prevent future electrical fires, then marinas and boaters will most likely provide a safe environment on the waters.