TeleSafe was conceived subsequent to several boat fires in KY on Barkley and KY Lakes in 2018, with the first of the season happening on May 23rd, 2018 in plain view of Lake Barkley Marina. Lake Barkley Marina Operator and local businessman Ed Galbreath, who is a seasoned boat owner himself; witnessed the incident.
Ed immediately began researching the issues, and consumer products available to boaters for early warning and/or action in the presence or flammable fumes or vapor in engine rooms.
We discovered that although most of the U.S. require a boater education course for safe boating operation; most training does not cover safety matters related to inboard marine engines such as ignitable fumes, blowers, or even how to properly fuel a boat. Studies reveal the majority of fires in boats start in a few very specific places aboard, most of them originating in the engine compartment where fuel and an ignition source have a high likelihood of coming together. Many boat operators do not have proper training, and/or are unaware that fume sensors (assuming installed) have a limited life expectancy of 4-7 years.
Replacing marine engine components such as starters and alternators with automobile grade equipment that is not “Marine Grade Arc Fault Protected” OEM parts; is also another very under reported contributing factor.