The Handbook of Missouri Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division - Web Version
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All vessels are required to have a Type B, USCG–approved fire extinguisher on board if one or more of the following conditions exist:
- Closed storage compartments in which flammable or combustible materials are stored
- Closed living spaces
- Permanently installed fuel tanks (any tank where the removal of the tank is hampered by the installation of tie-down straps or clamps)
- Flammable or toxic fluids on board
Approved types of fire extinguishers are identified by the following marking on the label—“Marine Type USCG Approved”—followed by the type and size symbols and the approval number.
Extinguishers should be placed in an accessible area—not near the engine or in a compartment, but where they can be reached immediately. Be sure you know how to operate them, and inspect extinguishers regularly to ensure they are in working condition and fully charged.
Use this chart to determine the size and quantity required for your vessel.
Fire Extinguisher Requirements
|Classification||Foam||Carbon Dioxide||Dry Chemical|
|type & size||minimum gallons||minimum pounds||minimum pounds|
|Length of Vessel||Without Fixed System||With Fixed System*|
|Less than 26 ft.||one B-I||one B-I|
|26 ft. to less than 40 ft.||two B-I or one B-II||two B-I or one B-II|
|40 ft. and over||three B-I or one B-II and one B-I||two B-I or one B-II|
* refers to a permanently installed fire extinguisher system
Fire Extinguisher Charge Indicators
Check the charge level of your fire extinguishers regularly. Replace them immediately if they are not fully charged.