What they don’t want you to know about Fire Extinguishers

Do you ever ask yourself why different fire extinguishers exist onboard the ship? Let us give you new insights about fire extinguishers and its uses.

There are many types of ships that need different upkeep and regulations depending on the size and number of crew it can hold. If you are looking to spend some time with a job on the sea, you could find yourself on an oil rig, bulk carrier, oil tanker, Ro-Ro fleet, freight vessel, passenger carrier, or a cargo vessel.

You’ve probably noticed that ships are built to be watertight; they must rely on a mechanical means of ventilation. If it were not for the air-conditioning and ventilation found on a ship, the passengers would not be able to ride comfortably below the decks. But when there is a fire on these vessels, these ventilation systems can spread the smoke and gases to all parts of the ship causing death to many.

Keeping the crew, passengers and belongings safe from fire needs a plan of action and the right fire safety tools such as fire extinguishers. All members of the crew should be aware of fire extinguisher signs and the practices included in fire safety and well versed in the use of the fire safety tools on board.

Anyone who works onboard the ship will tell you that fire extinguishers nearby is a must and a welcome sight for passengers to feel safe.

Electrical fires on a ship are more common than other types of fires. The equipment used on a ship is subject to more wear and tear than electrical equipment used on land. Because of this all electrical cables should be consistently checked to ensure there are no breakages, cuts, abrasions or a possibility of being immersed in water.

If one of these occurs , immediate steps are taken to fix the situation in the safest possible way. Watch for sparks from anywhere there is electrical equipment being used if repairs are being done, make sure they are done correctly and not such as a “Jury-rig” job, which only results in losses of life and property. When doing work make sure you shut of the power from the main electrical box and put up a sign alerting others there is work in progress and for no power to put back on until further notice.

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Wear proper protection when doing any electrical work and follow all the safety steps in the manuals for protecting yourself as best you can from shock or other mishaps. It is recommended to use CO2 fire extinguishers on electrical fires as they work quickly, effectively and do not leave such a big mess as other dry chemical solutions may. Each fire extinguisher while similar in design and use, serves a distinct job for differing classes of fires. Hold regular training sessions with your crew to ensure they know how to keep and regulate the fire safety tools you will have on board.

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Have extra equipment such as fire suppression blankets available or any other extinguishing devices that may be used by passengers as well in case of emergency.
Talking to a professional from a marine fire safety shop, research online, or talk to a boating specialist. Especially if you’re new to owning, running or working on a ship and do not know the best types of fire safety devices to keep onboard.
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