Fire is one of the most dangerous things that can happen on a boat, contact a Georgia boating injury lawyer with any questions you may have about boating safety.
Most boats are made of fiberglass which is extremely flammable. Adding to the dangers regarding a boat fire is that out on the open water, if your boat catches on fire, there is generally no where to go but into the water.
The greatest risk for fire probably occurs when refueling boats on Lake Lanier or Lake Hartwell in Georgia. Because of this, everyone should be off the boat so that if a fire does start and you have to evacuate, there is no concern in the panic as to who is on the boat and who is off the boat – everyone is OFF the boat! Additionally, when you start refueling, you want to touch the metal nozzel to the metal plate on the boat ‘s gas tank and keep the two in contact throughout the refueling process to prevent static electricity from starting a spark.
With gas, the fumes are the most dangerous part. Once you are done refueling give the boat some time to air out and use your nose to make sure that there is no build up of fumes before starting the boat. It is also important to clean up any spills that may occur.
At A. Bishop Law, our Georgia boat lawyers welcome any questions about boating safety and boating law. If you, a family member or friend is facing a criminal boating charge or boating accident, please Call or Email us about any questions you may have about Georgia Boating law safety violations. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.
About the author: Anne Bishop is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop Law in Gainesville, Georgia and handles various legal matters arising on the lakes of Georgia, including Boating Under the Influence Criminal Defense and Boating Injuries, as well as DUI / DWI, BUI, Accident & Injury and other Georgia Criminal Defense matters. The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients through out Georgia including: Lake Lanier, Lake Hartwell, Hall County (Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch), Jackson County (Jefferson, Braselton) White County (Helen, Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.
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