Fire is probably not the first hazard you think of when considering boating safety. Although boats are usually surrounded by water, that does not make them immune to flame. There are various devices and materials aboard vessels that can cause fires, so proper safety precautions must be taken to ensure that any fires that occur can be dealt with promptly.
Portable marine fire extinguishers are a vital type of safety equipment that is required on most boats. In this article, find out about the types of fire extinguishers available and the number required on different sizes of boats.
Not every type of boat fire extinguisher works for every kind of fire. There are three main classifications of fire extinguishers, each of which corresponds to a different type of fire.
A number placed before the letter(s) signifies the size of fire the extinguisher can put out effectively. For example, a 10BC extinguisher will be able to put out a larger fire than a 5BC extinguisher.
Boating safety equipment requirements for pleasure craft in Canada are set forth in the Small Vessel Regulations. The type and number of fire extinguishers required are determined by the types of devices on board and the length of the vessel in question.
Pleasure craft up to 6 m
Pleasure craft over 6 m and up to 9 m
Pleasure craft over 9 m and up to 12 m
Pleasure craft over 12 m and up to 24 m
Pleasure craft over 24 m
Boat maintenance needs to be done regularly in order to keep your pleasure craft shipshape, and that includes fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers should be inspected periodically to ensure that they’re in good working order, and should be turned upside down and shaken vigorously once a month to prevent the chemical agent from clumping.
Fire extinguisher regulations are just one element of boating safety that boaters need to be aware of before heading out on the water. Learn everything you need to know about boating safety with Drive a Boat Canada’s comprehensive boating safety course. Once you’ve completed our course, you’ll be able to take the boating exam online to obtain your official boating license from Transport Canada! You can also check out our blog for more great tips on boating safety.