Adventures in Boating Washington Handbook
The Official Boating Handbook of the Washington State Parks - Web Version
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All vessels are required to have a Type B fire extinguisher on board if one or more of the following conditions exist:
- Inboard engine
- Vessel length of 26 feet or longer
- Closed compartments where portable fuel tanks may be stored
- Double-bottoms which are not sealed to the hull or which are not completely filled with flotation material
- Enclosed living spaces
- Closed storage compartments in which flammable or combustible materials may be stored
- Permanently installed fuel tanks
Approved types of fire extinguishers are identified by the following marking on the label—“Marine Type USCG Approved”—followed by the size and type symbols (B-I or B-II) 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 check all extinguishers regularly to make sure they are fully charged.
Fire Extinguisher Requirements
|Classification||Foam||Carbon Dioxide||Dry Chemical|
|type & size||minimum gallons||minimum pounds||minimum pounds|
|Length Class||Without Fixed System||With Fixed System*|
|Less than 26'||one B-I||none|
|26' to less than 40'||two B-I or one B-II||one B-I|
|40' to less than 65'||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.