Maritime Museum Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual

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Prevention is by far the easiest way of dealing with the threat of fire. Standard precautions include the following:
1. Good housekeeping and safe work practices, particularly when using paints, thinners, oils, fuels, etc. Safe work practices are particularly important when dealing with electricity: At least one fire resulted from an extension cord placed in bilge water! Another resulted when shipyard fire doors were wired open for the convenience of workers.
2. Good wiring. Wiring to marine electrical standards is costly, but well worth the expense. At least one museum ship had fire problems because of track lights and deck leaks!

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