Fire extinguisher regulations

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by northern, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. northern

    northern Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We had an out of water survey done on the boat in August. The following is one item that was flagged for correction:
    “The following conditions were found that are violation of US law or regulations.
    The seven fire extinguishers aboard are due for inspection/recharge by a licenced technician.
    Tags/log should be noted when completed. All should be mounted and readily available.”

    Questions:
    Is the requirement for licenced technician a real requirement? If so how often do you need to get it done?
    If you purchase new extinguishers how long are they good for?
    Is self-inspection acceptable?

    Comments:
    We had one extinguisher loose in the forward cabin all others were mounted.
    The reason for 7 I have one in each area of the boat. Each year I look at them and if the needle is in the green I assume they are fine.
     
  2. rondds

    rondds Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    I've gotten a USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check for the past 10 years and have never been flagged for anything like that. The only comment I've ever gotten from an Auxiliaryman was to turn the extinguisher upside down and bang on the bottom occasionally to loosen the powder that may have settled to the bottom.
     
  3. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    +1
     
  4. KevinC

    KevinC Member

    424
    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    As far as I know you must have the proper quantities and class of extinguishers.
    They must be USCG Approved and not expired or in the "low" charge.

    See: http://forms.cgaux.org/archive/a7012.pdf

    They could just be showing "low" on the gauge or past the expiration date for non-guaged units.

    -Kevin
     
  5. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I have been boarded twice by the Coast Guard for inspections - once in south florida, the other while on a bare boat charter in the pacific northwest.

    Both times they verified that the fire extinguishers were not out of date. They also checked the date on the Halon canister.

    Just my experience.
     
  6. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    The fire extinguishers have a 10 year life and have the date of manufacture on the bottom.

    MM
     
  7. northern

    northern Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Thanks all
    Think I will go buy two new ones that comply. All gauges are in the middle of the green. Never have turned them over and banged them.
    Is there an expiry date on extinguisher?
    In the oil business you had to do monthly inspection (Sign tag) and once a year we sent them out to be serviced.
     
  8. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    An out of date fire extinguisher is inadequate as far as the USCG is concerned. The only way to get it recertified is to have it checked and tested by a licensed technician.
     
  9. Alegria

    Alegria Active Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, Middle River, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    I was told the same on my survey on my hand held extinguishers/halon they were from 2002, surveryor stated that over 10 years they should be replaced. Or as was shared with you they must be weighed by a certified facility and tagged as such with a date. The only one I have had this done to was my Halon system which failed to weigh properly and I had to replace it with a new one for a cost of $2000.. The small class ones are a cheap purchase, so not sure it's worth weighing them...
     
  10. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Active Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    My understanding is the Halon systems are no longer required on diesel powered boats. There needs to be a certain number of fire extinguishers, based on length of boat. I do get our halon inspected, as it is still installed.
     

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