Fire Extinguishers for Boats
When it comes to safety on the water, having the right fire extinguisher is essential. The type of fire extinguisher required on a boat depends on the size and type of vessel. Generally, boats must have at least one Coast Guard-approved B-1 fire extinguisher onboard.
B-1 Fire Extinguishers
A B-1 fire extinguisher is designed to fight fires caused by flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil, and grease. It is also effective against electrical fires. This type of fire extinguisher contains a dry chemical agent that smothers the flames and prevents them from spreading. A B-1 fire extinguisher must be mounted in an easily accessible location and should be checked regularly to ensure it is in good working order.
Additional Fire Extinguishers
In addition to a B-1 fire extinguisher, larger vessels may require additional types of fire extinguishers depending on the size and type of vessel. For example, boats with enclosed compartments or cabins may need an ABC or BC rated fire extinguisher. These types of fire extinguishers are designed to fight fires caused by combustible materials such as wood, paper, and cloth. They can also be used to fight electrical fires.