Utah Boating Safety Course


FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE REQUIRED ABOARD A VESSEL WITH AN ENGINE IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT:

  • Closed compartments where portable fuel tanks may be stored
  • Double bottoms not sealed to the hull that are not completely filled with flotation materials
  • Closed living spaces
  • Permanently installed fuel tanks

MARINE EXTINGUISHER REQUIREMENTS

Though not all motorboats are required to carry a fire extinguisher, it is highly recommended that all motorboats have some form of fire extinguisher aboard. Numerous types and sizes of fire extinguishers meet Coast Guard requirements. With any type of marine fire extinguisher, accessibility is of the utmost importance; ensure the fire extinguisher is mounted where it can be easily and quickly retrieved within arms reach of the operator or passengers in the event of a fire emergency.

Each fire extinguisher, except a disposable fire extinguisher, must show evidence of being certified, recharged, or serviced once every five years, or a current standard as described in the National Fire Protection Agency - Publication 10, by a qualified firefighting equipment repair service.

BOAT LENGTH

EXTINGUISHER REQUIREMENT

Less than 26 ft.

26 ft. to less than 40 ft.

40 ft. to less than 65 ft.

Greater than 65 ft.

1 fixed system in the engine compartment; and

3 B-II; one at the helm, one in galley and one engine compartment. 

If there is no engine compartment the fixed system is not required and one B-II would go near the stern.  If there is no gallery, one B-II near midships.

Inboard engines

*When the engine compartment is equipped with a fixed (built-in) extinguishing system, one less B-1 extinguisher is required onboard.