Safety-related equipment

Regardless of the reason, when fire strikes, you need to act quickly. Depending on the size of the vessel, having a sufficient number of fire extinguishers on board goes without saying, but they should be stored throughout the vessel and, above all, be readily accessible. 

Owners usually have powder extinguishers on board, but CO2 extinguishers can also be useful. The latter are particularly well suited for fires in the electrical system, since they don't leave any residue whatsoever. Powder, on the other hand, can never be fully removed and may subsequently interfere with the functioning of electrical components. In the engine rooms, automatic fire extinguishing systems are a good investment!

Safety-related equipmentIn the pantry, you should also keep a fire blanket close at hand. This is most effective way to fight oil fires, for example. If a fire blanket isn't available, you can also use a cotton shirt, but never synthetic material.

Fire extinguishers and fire-extinguishing systems need to be checked frequently in line with local regulation and labelled with a new test seal. If that doesn't happen, and if the equipment doesn't function when needed, then some insurance companies might consider that to be contributory negligence and refuse coverage. In addition to fire extinguishers, all other safety-related equipment, such as life rafts, self-inflating life jackets, and flares, must be maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations and, where necessary, replaced or repaired.

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