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National Safe Boating Council

The following is a public service announcement for Safe Boating Week: Wednesday...

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...Fire Extinguishers...

The following is a safe boating message from the National Safe Boating Council and the National Weather Service for this year's National Safe Boating Week.

U. S. Coast Guard approved, marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire hazard could be expected from the engines or fuel system.

When required, boats less than 26 feet must carry at least one B-I, Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher. Boats 26–40 feet must carry two B-I or one B-II Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher(s). Boats 40 - 65 feet must carry three B-I or one B-II and one B-I Coast Guard approved extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers are classified by a letter and a number symbol. The letter indicates the type of fire the unit is designed to extinguish and the number indicates the size of the extinguisher. A type B extinguisher for example is intended to extinguish burning liquids such as gasoline, oil or grease, all common on a boat.

The boater shouldn't have to travel more than half the length of their boat to get to the fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers should be inspected annually by the boater to ensure they are properly charged, stored and are undamaged.

This message was brought to you by the National Weather Service and the National Safe Boating Council. Visit the National Weather Service on the web at www.weather.gov and the National Safe Boating Council at www.safeboatingcouncil.org