Keep Fire Extinguishers Accessible and Usable
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.
Fire extinguishers must be maintained in usable condition. Inspect extinguishers regularly to ensure the following.
- Seals and tamper indicators are not broken or missing.
- Pressure gauges or indicators read in the operable range.
- There is no physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzles.
Exception: Although it is a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher, an exception is made for motorboats less than 26 feet long, propelled by an outboard motor, that have completely open construction and no closed spaces where gasoline fumes may be trapped.