If you have a boat, then you know how much fun it is to take it out on the water and relax with the waves underneath you. Whether you go to the lake, the river, or the ocean, having a boat is nothing but a pleasurable experience. However, while you most likely practice safety protocols regarding life jackets and how to act on the water, one potential hazard that most people neglect is fire.
Even out on the water, something could go wrong, and a fire could erupt on board. If that happens, are you prepared to put it out? If not, then be sure to pay attention to these fire extinguishers and put one on your vessel. You never know what can happen out there, and it’s much better to be safe than sorry.
Kidde Mariner5 Fire Extinguisher with Pressure Gauge
Fire Extinguisher, Rec 5-B.C
Fire Command Fire Extinguishing Foam Spray Fire Suppressant
Fire Gone (FG6-067-106) Pre Loaded Countertop Display
First Alert Auto/Marine Fire Extinguisher
First and foremost, an extinguisher is only as good as its rating. There are five primary types from which you can choose, but when it comes to boating, there are only three that matter. Here is an overview of what you can expect from each. For best results, pick an extinguisher that has all three.
● A: flammable materials, such as wood and paper are classified as A fires. While most modern boats have limited combustible construction, there can still be plenty to catch fire while you’re on the water.
● B: liquids such as oil and gasoline are rated as B fires, so you want to keep an extinguisher around if you deal with such chemicals. If you run on any kind of oil or fuel, be sure to have a B type unit.
● C: electrical systems can short out and catch fire, so you will need a C class extinguisher for that situation. Most modern boats have some kind of electronics on board, so this one will be necessary as well.
Overall, as long as you have an extinguisher that’s rated for both B and C fires, you should be okay.
Considering that storage space on a boat is usually limited, you have to make sure that you get a model that won’t take up too much room while also being sufficient to put out any fire that may erupt. When it comes to boats, most fires can stay relatively contained, depending on where they originated and the type of vessel you have. For the most part, you’ll want something like a 16-ounce canister or something comparable.Disposable vs.
Usually, if you get a small extinguisher, it’s only good for one use. As such, you should buy them in packs of two or more so that you have spares just in case. However, if you don’t want to have to worry about replacing your extinguisher, then get a unit that you can recharge and refill. These will come with a pressure gauge that shows if it’s ready to go or not. The further benefit of getting a refillable extinguisher is that they last longer between charges than most disposable units.
Kicking us off is a model that is built to be out on the water. The Mariner5 from Kidde is a marine class extinguisher, which means that it is white instead of red and it has a waterproof and corrosion proof tank. This helps if you ever go out in the ocean as the salt water can rust traditional units.
This particular model is rated to combat B and C fires, and it even meets the standards set forth by the US Coast Guard.
It comes with a pressure gauge, but unfortunately, it is only a single-use item. Nonetheless, it operates as a standard fire extinguisher with a pin and trigger system and dry chemical suppression. It’s compact and lightweight at only three pounds, meaning that you can put it anywhere on board.
Depending on who you ask, you should only have “marine-certified” fire extinguishers on the water, but that’s really only if you plan on being on salt water, as the air can corrode traditional metal tanks. However, if you are on the river or lake, then something like this extinguisher will be just fine.
It’s rated to combat B and C fires, and it has a rust-proof tank. It comes with a pressure gauge system and is refillable and rechargeable. It uses a pin and trigger system to prevent accidental discharge, and it only weighs two pounds. Finally, it has a mounting bracket so that you can place it anywhere on your boat with ease.
If you’re looking for a disposal fire suppression system, then this unit from Fire Command may be just the ticket. It’s rated for A and B fires, and its compact size and intuitive trigger system make it a worthwhile addition to any vehicle, not just a boat. Its aluminum can is resistant to corrosion, and the cap is made of durable plastic, so it should work out on the water without any problems.
This particular model comes in a pack of two so that you have a spare, and each one is rated to last up to three years. Best of all, it uses eco-friendly biodegradable materials, and you can even recycle the can after using it.
Much like the Fire Command Extinguisher above, this model from Fire Gone is designed to be disposable and compact. In this case, you get six 16-ounce cans, meaning that you have plenty to go around. They are all rated for A, B, and C fires, making them more versatile than anything else we’ve seen.
The aluminum tank and the plastic trigger system are both corrosion resistant and waterproof, although if you dunk this extinguisher, it might not work properly. It has easy to read instructions on the side, but you probably won’t need them given the trigger actuator. It uses biodegradable materials, and you can recycle the whole thing after use. Each can is rated to last up to four years.
Finishing off our list is another marine-certified extinguisher, so if you want something that is built to be on the water, then this is an excellent way to go. We like this one better than the Kidde model above because a) it comes in a pack of four, b) it’s rechargeable and reusable, and c) it comes with a ten-year warranty.
As for performance, this extinguisher is rated for B and C fires, and it adheres to all Coast Guard specifications.
It has a dry chemical suppression system and a pressure gauge so you can easily tell if it’s ready to go. It comes with a mounting bracket and weighs about four pounds, meaning that it’s larger than the others we’ve seen, but it can handle bigger fires much easier.
Overall, when it comes to boat safety, we have to recommend the First Alert Marine Certified Fire Extinguisher. We like that it can be refilled as well as the fact that it comes with a ten-year warranty. On top of that, it’s always best to get a model that is designed for the boating environment, so that way you are sure that there won’t be any problems should the worst happen.