My boat requires 2 fire extinguishers. I have 5 plus a suppression system in the engine
compartment. When I added the 3-5 pounders I struggled with the best place to locate them. I considered the possible exits from each location, and where I would be in the most danger
if a fire suddenly broke out. (stove fire, engine
fire etc) I then considered the best location for access to save the boat once out of the cabin
, and what extinguisher would be most usefull in this location.
The result, a 5 pound in the forward cabin
, a 2.5 pound in the head
, a 2.5 pound in the galley
approx 6' from the stove, a5 pound in the aft cabin, and a 5 pound just inside the companionway
. All at eye level. The one in the forward cabin can be reached through the forward hatch
. The one in the aft cabin can be reached through a large window from the cockpit
, and the companionway
extinguisher of course, can be reached from the cockpit
That is my setup. Might be perfect, might have flaws. I hope never to find out
Also, how do you maintain your fire extinguishers? One of the worst feelings in the world is to have a fire, grab an extinguisher, and nothing happens.
Years back I worked at a service
station in Pheonix Az. I watched a fire extinguisher service
truck pull into the gas station across the street and up to the pump. The driver got out, looked under the truck, and saw flames. he grabbed an extinguisher, aimed, and nothing. he tried 2 more, and by this time the cab was almost engulfed. Still sitting at the gas pump. Finally, after the 4th extinguisher did not work, he broke the head
off of it and started franticly shaking the dry chem out of it onto the flames. Fortunately, the station attendant had the forsight to run out at this point with another extinguisher that worked. THe flames were extinguished, but the pucker factor was particularly high for all of us within sight of the fire. All because the driver did not have a properly serviced fire extinguisher. This could be you!