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    Was wondering how often should I. Or how often do others replace the safety items you carry?

    First aid kits, life jackets, fire extinguisher, and such...

  • #2
    All of your pyrotechnics (flares) expire fairly quickly, so make sure you have a set that is within the expiration date. Life jackets, if they become ripped are not considered good, so those would get a replacement. The fire extinguishers have a dial indicating the contents pressure, etc. So those can be checked annually and replaced as needed.

    I usually get a new first aid kit every few years as the old ones become moldy.
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    • #3
      The fire extinguishers a dial indicating the contents pressure, etc. So those can be checked annually and replaced as needed.
      Not sure if it's an actual regulation but the local inspectors will give you a hard time if the contents of a dry extinguisher are compacted. If the contents don't "shake" you need a new one.
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      • #4
        Here in Alberta, Canada, fire extinguishers are to be inspected every 2 years for proper operation and charge, some extinguishers are required to be inspected every year but they are few and far between regular extinguishers. for the few dollars it costs to have them inspected I get mine done every year as they sit in extreme heat and cold. Up here the extinguishers with the plastic heads can not be inspected or recharged, the ones with the plastic nozzle but a metal head can be recharged and inspected. Also extinguishers have an expiry date at which time you can use them as buoys after they are emptied.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by hemi rt View Post
          Here in Alberta, Canada, fire extinguishers are to be inspected every 2 years for proper operation and charge, some extinguishers are required to be inspected every year but they are few and far between regular extinguishers. for the few dollars it costs to have them inspected I get mine done every year as they sit in extreme heat and cold. Up here the extinguishers with the plastic heads can not be inspected or recharged, the ones with the plastic nozzle but a metal head can be recharged and inspected. Also extinguishers have an expiry date at which time you can use them as buoys after they are emptied.
          That's something I never considered before. Since boating in Canada is Federal if it is law there for extinguishers it is here on Ontario as well. I know if a boat is over 20 feet or longer a extinguisher is required and it must be one of the white units minimum. I have to check about inspections. Who inspects them, Fire Dept?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Old Ironmaker View Post

            That's something I never considered before. Since boating in Canada is Federal if it is law there for extinguishers it is here on Ontario as well. I know if a boat is over 20 feet or longer a extinguisher is required and it must be one of the white units minimum. I have to check about inspections. Who inspects them, Fire Dept?

            Most fire departments can have a look at them but they don't do the actual inspections or recharging. Look in your phone book under fire extinguishers and you should find a few companies that can do the actual inspection and recharge; they will then attach a tag that will show when the inspection was done and when it should be done again. Around here it runs between $60.00 to $75.00 to have them redone. We carry a 5 lb extinguisher as I think the small 2 lb units are just too small and we would have a little reserve, in most case, if the fire came back to life as you usually don't empty it when putting out a fire.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by hemi rt View Post


              Most fire departments can have a look at them but they don't do the actual inspections or recharging. Look in your phone book under fire extinguishers and you should find a few companies that can do the actual inspection and recharge; they will then attach a tag that will show when the inspection was done and when it should be done again. Around here it runs between $60.00 to $75.00 to have them redone. We carry a 5 lb extinguisher as I think the small 2 lb units are just too small and we would have a little reserve, in most case, if the fire came back to life as you usually don't empty it when putting out a fire.
              Thanks for the reply hemi rt (I bet I know what you drive) We carry 2@2 pound units, a 5 pounder is too large for my smallish boat. I would just replace them if Heaven forbid I need to use them. I looked and 1 is a red 5-B-C and the white marine unit is A-B-C.

              Something I always ensure is on board and fully charged is a Battery Booster pack of 1000 amp. Loss of power during a storm could be fatal. Plus it has USB port to charge cell phones. I think it is a must have for a boat. Also a fully charged cell phone. I mentioned it before that here in Canada *16 will get you the Cdn Coast Guard , not sure about the USA. I always carry a blood glucose test kit and plenty of both types of insulin. Benadryl for Bee stings etc. is very important out in the middle of nowhere. My First Aid kit is loaded with must haves as well including plenty of water proof matches , fire starter cubes and electronic gas lighters. And last but not least a good quality flare gun and current flares, a few boxes full. I always see in the movies where someone says, "We are down to our last flare Captain!" Most everything goes in good water proof ziplock freezer bags. Almost forgot I throw a woman's compact mirror in for signaling. All of this stuff fits in a large Ziplock bag, including the booster and gun. I throw a few of those small Silica bags into it to help with moisture build up.

              Now to finally answer your question (sorry) at the beginning of the season I go through all the safety items and replace as necessary. I have a list for the must haves onboard the boat and I keep with all my paperwork for the boat and trailer along with my checklist for winterizing and spring launch.

              Here in Canada any tear in a PFD is not considered a working PFD. It must be replaced and not repaired no matter how small a tear.

              Last edited by Old Ironmaker; September 8th, 2017, 02:45 PM.
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              • #8
                GReat info,,,,yes my main concern was the fire extinguisher, I've been replacing mine every season. I have kids so my first aid kit takes a beating....they think they need a cold pack and a wrap with they get a little cut.......

                Thanks all.....

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                • #9
                  No need to replace every season. Portable, non-rechargeable extinguishers are to be replaced at a maximum of 12 years old. I just replaced the 2 Kidde 10-pounders on my bot. They were stamped 2007 on the bottom and still showed a full charge.

                  "Certification or licensing by the state or local jurisdiction as a fire extinguisher servicing agency should be required for annual maintenance of extinguishers with one exception. There are a number of approved small extinguishers that are not intended to be recharged (typically B-I rated extinguishers). The fire extinguisher label will clearly state that the extinguisher is non-refillable or non-rechargeable and is to be removed from service at a maximum interval of 12 years from the date of manufacture. Because these units cannot be recharged, the annual maintenance requirements do not require disassembly of the extinguisher. Due to the special responsibility of the owner or operator of a vessel for the safety of the crew and vessel, the USCG considers that the annual maintenance for non-
                  rechargeable extinguishers may be performed by those designated by the owner or operator. Thus, a qualified servicing agency is not required for maintenance of non-rechargeable extinguishers. However, a record of maintenance must be available for the use of the Coast Guard inspector."
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Old Ironmaker View Post

                    That's something I never considered before. Since boating in Canada is Federal if it is law there for extinguishers it is here on Ontario as well. I know if a boat is over 20 feet or longer a extinguisher is required and it must be one of the white units minimum. I have to check about inspections. Who inspects them, Fire Dept?
                    There is nothing in the regulations that state the Fire Extinguisher must be white. There are many available that are still red, but they must be marked for "Marine Use"

                    http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/r...ge-2.html#h-10
                    Last edited by rcmpvet; September 14th, 2017, 08:21 AM.

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                    • #11
                      When replacing flares, keep the old ones on board and if in an emergency you have extra flares to work with. If the emergency isn't too dire, you can use the expired flares first.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                        Not sure if it's an actual regulation but the local inspectors will give you a hard time if the contents of a dry extinguisher are compacted. If the contents don't "shake" you need a new one.
                        Is there a good resource for more information about what to expect and how to prepare for local inspectors? Even a thread on the site would be great!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HinesVernon View Post
                          Is there a good resource for more information about what to expect and how to prepare for local inspectors? Even a thread on the site would be great!
                          http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?...l-safety-check
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                          • #14
                            Thanks to lawnpro for the post. Reminded me to change out the contents of my first aid kit. Nobody wants to have bandaids/gauze/ disinfectant that is out of date or useless when needed.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by dpoff View Post
                              Thanks to lawnpro for the post. Reminded me to change out the contents of my first aid kit. Nobody wants to have bandaids/gauze/ disinfectant that is out of date or useless when needed.
                              I didn't know bandages and gauze has a best before date, If someone is bleeding profusely they are getting expired first aid.
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