There are two reasons why you need to pay very close attention to your fire extinguishers location on your boat.
The first reason is for the safety of you, your loved ones, your crew, and your passengers.
The second reason is the law. You must ensure that your vessel always complies so you can continue to ride in safety and harmony. Ontario law always requires you to have a functional fire extinguisher on your boat.
Continue reading this guide for essential fire extinguisher training and to learn ideal fire extinguisher placement for your boat.
Where Must A Fire Extinguisher Be Located on A Boat?
You should always store your fire extinguisher in an area where it’s easy for any passenger to reach at any time. Safety is of the utmost importance. Try to choose a spot where you and your passengers can access the fire extinguisher without any hassle.
Which Fire Extinguishers Should You Have on Your Boat?
You have a variety of fire extinguisher options that you should know about for your safety. Your fire extinguisher requirements vary based upon the size of your boat.
Let’s examine how the size of your vessel determines the type of fire extinguisher you need.
- Boats smaller than 26-feet – 1 One B-1 fire extinguisher.
- Boats sized between 26-feet to 40-feet – Two B-1 extinguishers or one B-2 extinguisher.
- Boats sized between 40-feet to 65-feet – Three B-1 extinguishers or one B-2 extinguisher plus one B-1 extinguisher.
- Boats larger than 65-feet – Three B-1 marine-grade fire extinguishers. (You should also check your local and federal regulations to ensure compliance).
Also note that if your boat contains a pre-installed fire extinguisher system, then you may require fewer fire extinguishers on board. Always double-check with your local marine authority to ensure you are in full compliance!
Let’s also examine the different types of fire extinguishers that you might encounter.
# 1 – Dry Chemical
Dry chemical fire extinguishers put the fire out by smothering the flames. Dry chemical fire extinguishers also produce a chemical reaction that can stop the combustion process. Dry chemical extinguishers are perfect for dealing with A, B, and C class fires. Dry chemical fire extinguishers are okay to use in open areas.
# 2 – Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers put the fire out by smothering and cooling the flames. Carbon dioxide extinguishers are ideal for dealing with B and C class fires. If there are winds or drafts, then dry chemical fire extinguishers aren’t ideal.
# 3 – Water Fire Extinguisher
Water fire extinguishers are perfect for dealing with your traditional paper or wood fire. These types of fires are referred to as a class A fire.
It’s also a good idea to learn these fire classifications:
- Class A – Combustible organics such as wood, fabric, and paper.
- Class B – represents flammable liquids like grease, petrol, or oil.
- Class C – represents electrical fires.
- Class D – represents flammable metals.
- Class K – represents cooking oils and cooking fats.
The Importance of Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Regardless of which type of fire extinguishers you use, it’s always important to practice fire extinguisher maintenance. If your fire extinguisher isn’t always ready to use, then you’re setting yourself up for catastrophe.
We realize how confusing all these variables are if you’re new to them. We eagerly invite you to reach out with your questions or concerns.
We’re your new favorite fire protection company in Toronto. We have the experience to keep you and your passengers safe from fire and your boat in compliance.
Fire Extinguisher Guide Summary
As captain or owner of a boat, you have a lot of responsibilities! Remember that your goal is always to keep every passenger of your boat safe. Hopefully, this fire extinguisher guide helps you in that regard.
If you wish to obtain high qualify fire extinguisher training, then we invite you to reach out and contact us. We’re ready to help inspect the safety of your vessel and ensure that your fire extinguisher can help save lives.