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Oxfordshire boat owners warned of fire risks

Firefighters in Oxfordshire are carrying out free risk checks for boat owners in a bid to reduce the number of fires on vessels in the county.

Crews will be visiting waterway locations from Monday, offering advice and promoting the use of smoke alarms.

The scheme is part of Boat Safety Week, which aims to educate people before they head out on the water in the summer months.

The fire service said there had been four boat fires in the county in 2010.

'Additional challenges'

Stuart Garner, of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "With so much water around, there can be a tendency to think that there is a reduced risk of fire.

"In fact, boats are often in remote locations which can be difficult to reach and may pose additional challenges for firefighters.

"An undetected fire can quickly develop to totally destroy a boat and everything on board."

Banbury firefighters will be visiting boat owners along the Oxford Canal throughout the week.

Crews from Goring Fire Station will be at Goring Lock between 1000 and 1600 BST on Tuesday and Sunday 5 June.

Henley firefighters will be at Hobbs Boat Yard between 1200 and 1500 BST on Tuesday and Thursday.

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