Counterfeit portable fire extinguishers pose a safety hazard for any vessel that has one on board.
Gloucester, VA (PRWEB) April 03, 2013
Beware of counterfeit U.S. Coast Guard-approved portable fire extinguishers.
The U.S. Coast Guard recently announced that it was made aware of these counterfeit extinguishers, manufactured by Amerex Corporation and Buckeye Fish Equipment.
“Both companies are major producers of genuine approved fire extinguishing equipment,” the U.S. Coast Guard said in a marine safety alert issued in March 2013.
“Counterfeit portable fire extinguishers pose a safety hazard for any vessel that has one on board,” said Chesapeake Marine Training Institute’s President and Founder, Capt. Guy Sorensen.
Chesapeake Marine Training Institute offers firefighting courses to professional and recreational mariners, and training includes understanding fire fighting equipment and practical, live fire exercises.
The largest concern with counterfeit fire extinguishers is that their ability to extinguish a fire effectively is unproven, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
How can you tell if your portable fire extinguisher is counterfeit?
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are several identifiable features:
1. Duplicate serial numbers.
2. The labels. Labels on “counterfeit extinguishers may be simply printed. Labels on genuine approved extinguishers will include a security imprint / texture behind the UL LISTED logo, classification, testing and approval data. Genuine Amerex Corporation extinguishers will have a pattern of scored circles, and genuine Buckeye Fire Equipment extinguishers will have the letter S scored into the label.”
3. Check the bottom of the extinguisher. A counterfeit extinguisher has a rounded curved-in lip and will be missing a date stamped on the bottom.
4. Counterfeit extinguishers will have welded seams in the sides of the cylinder and red or black handles, vs silver-colored aluminum on the genuine handles.
Suspect your extinguisher is a counterfeit? Contact the U.S. Coast Guard at typeapproval(at)uscg(dot)mil and anticounterfeiting(at)us(dot)ul(dot)com with a description of the unit, photographs of the unit from the front, rear and bottom and close-up images of the label.
ABOUT CHESAPEAKE MARINE TRAINING INSTITUTE: Established in 1992, Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) – a service disabled, Vietnam era veteran owned business – provides professional marine educational services to military and civilian mariners. While its modern classrooms and outdoor training area is located on George Washington Memorial Highway near Gloucester Point in Hayes, CMTI proudly also offers on-site training and home study programs.
In 2002, Marine Log magazine called CMTI one of the top maritime educational, recruitment and training resources in the nation.
Its instructors are seasoned mariners, holding a current U.S. Coast Guard License as Master with a minimum of five years at sea experience. CMTI’s staff also includes License Consultants trained by the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center as Mariner Credentialing Agents. These agents serve as experts to help each mariner sail smoothly through their licensing application process.
Learn more about Chesapeake Marine Training Institute at http://www.chesapeakemarineinst.com or call 800-642-CMTI.