AFETY POLICY STATEMENT


1. For organised Club events, as recorded on the Club event sheet, the Officer Of The Day shall also act as Safety Officer.

2. The Safety Officer shall monitor boating activities and shall have the authority to stop any activity contrary to these safety rules.

3. Since unlimited sailing is allowed at the lakeside without the attendance of a Committee Member, all Club Members shall be issued with these safety rules and it is their responsibility to abide by them at all times.

4. All Committee Members and any other Member acting as Safety Officer shall be instructed on the safety procedure required at the lakeside.

5. Should any accident occur, full details must be recorded and passed to a Committee Member. The report of any accident shall be recorded in an Accident Record Book, held by the Secretary. A copy of the reported accident must also be sent to the Beale Park Offices.

6. Notices shall be displayed warning the public of the potential dangers of model boating.

SAFETY RULES
General

1. Where possible, Club Members should operate only from the enclosure allocated to the Club.

2. Transmitter aerials must be protected at the top. The use of a practice golf ball or similar is recommended. It is strongly recommended that small rubber aerials, where available, be used, as these are completely safe.

3. The top ends of rigid and whip receiver aerials must be protected when not on the water.

4. When operating and walking around in the compound or in the public area, transmitter aerials must be kept in the upright position. At all other times the aerial should be closed down.

5. When testing a boat on the tables, the member should check the stern to ensure that nothing is touching, or likely to touch the propellers. Take care to keep fingers and clothing away from propellers whenever the model is switched on. Always switch on the transmitter first, and switch it off last.

6. Boaters should take care when lifting models, especially into and out of the water. They should request help rather than risk injury or falling in the water struggling with a heavy model.

Radio Control Equipment & Frequencies

1. Frequency flags must be attached to the top of aerials when transmitting. These shall be either a coloured ribbon appropriate for 27MHz, or the three-digit frequency number in white on a green background for 40MHz.

2. It is the responsibility of all club members to ensure the frequency they are operating on is available before switching on radio equipment. For this purpose a pegboard is used.

3. Club members must have a peg with their name on it, and this should be fixed over the frequency number or colour on the pegboard. Should there be a peg already covering this frequency, the equipment must not be switched on even if testing. Either change crystals to a free frequency or wait until the frequency becomes free. Once a frequency no longer in use, the peg must be removed by the person who was using that frequency.

Steam Safety

1. All pressure vessels must have a valid safety or certificate, which will show (as a minimum) the date of last test, vessel identification, pressure testing conditions and the tester. A certificate is valid for no longer than two years after issue.

2. Boilers with a capacity of under half a pint and fired by solid fuel do not need to be tested, but must have an exemption certificate to this effect.

3. The safety or exemption certificate shall be available at any time for inspection by the Safety Officer, a Committee Member or any other appointed person. No certificate, no steaming.

4. Steam driven boats must use the separate table allocated and only those members with steam should use this area. Members of the public must be kept well away from this area.

5. Propane and Butane gasses are heavier than air, so adequate ventilation must be provided in the hull to allow gas to escape. It is recommended that a period of five minutes be allowed between filling and lighting the burner to allow any surplus gas to escape.

6. The filling of gas tanks when the burner is alight is strictly forbidden. Water may however be added to the boiler after allowing any internal pressure to vent.

7. When sailing on the water, except when docking, steam driven boats should keep a minimum distance of 1.5m (5ft) from the bank, especially by the public area.