Fire Extinguishers

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Fire extinguishers should be easily reached. Everyone on board should know where they are and how to use them.

There are several different types of fire extinguishers for use in extinguishing different types of fires. These are shown in the table below.

three fire extinguishers: foam or water, dry chemical, carbon dioxide.

All extinguishers should be visually inspected each month, and serviced once a year. All carbon dioxide extinguishers should be weighed annually. Dry chemical extinguishers should occasionally be turned upside down and shaken.

A hydrostatic test should be performed:

  • every 12 years for pressure type extinguishers

  • every 5 years for carbon dioxide and water extinguishers

  • after discharge for any extinguisher 5 years old or older

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