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Marina Fires and Life Safety

Approximately 4 years ago, a fatal marina fire occurred in Virginia. Now in Alabama, we have another tragic, multi-fatal fire loss. While there have been advancements in fire and CO alarm requirements inside marine vessels, these devices do not provide sleeping individuals with early notification of a fire outside of their vessel. When marine vessels become homes, the marina is much the same as a residential occupancy, however, this use condition is ungoverned. These fatal fires highlight some potential voids in marina fire safety.


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