Keep Fire Extinguishers Usable and Accessible
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.
All hand-portable fire extinguishers, semi-portable fire extinguishers, and fixed fire extinguisher systems must be USCG–approved, must have an efficient charge, and must be in good and serviceable condition.