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Extinguishers must be readily accessible—easily located and retrieved without searching, delay, or hindrance. Be sure you know how to operate them.

Inspect extinguishers annually to ensure they are fully charged. Each fire extinguisher must show evidence of being certified or serviced once every five years, unless the fire extinguisher is a disposable. (A disposable fire extinguisher is one that cannot be certified, recharged, or serviced.) A disposable fire extinguisher expires 12 years from the date of manufacture indicated on the label or on the bottom of the fire extinguisher.

PWC operators need to take special steps in case of fire. Because their fire extinguisher may not be easily accessible, they should simply swim away fast and use another operator’s extinguisher.