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 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 & Wildlife Service and Local Government regulations when having camp fires or barbeques on shore.


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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