Safe Boating Course

 

CHAPTER 2: Boating Equipment

FIRE EXTINGUISHER MAINTENANCE

A monthly inspection of your fire extinguisher should be a part of your regular boating maintenance. This will make sure your extinguisher is always ready to go in the case of an emergency.

Include the following steps in your monthly fire extinguisher inspection:

  • First, check the gauge to make sure it is still fully charged. 
  • Next, look at the seals to make sure they have not been broken. 
  • Then inspect the hose to make sure it is not cracked or broken; and replace it if you find it’s not in good condition. 
  • Last but not least, for dry chemical extinguishers, weigh your extinguisher to make sure it meets the minimum weight specified on the label.

Done! Your fire extinguisher is good to go for another month!

MARINE FIRE EXTINGUISHER CLASSIFICATION

Classification

Foam (gal.)

CO2 (lb.)

Dry Chem (lb.)

BI

1.25

4

5

BII

2.5

15

10

Marine Fire Extinguisher
 
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