Boating Safety

Safe Boating: Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

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Inspect extinguishers monthly:

  • Make sure seals and tamper indicators are not broken or missing.
  • Make sure pressure gauges or indicators read in the operable range. (CO2 extinguishers do not have gauges and instead must meet a minimum weight requirement.)
  • Inspect for obvious physical damage, rust, corrosion, leakage or clogged nozzles. Fire extinguishers that do not satisfy these requirements or have been partially emptied must be replaced or recharged.