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Learnt something new today. The downside is that at my age, I'll have forgotten it by tomorrow. :roll:

 

Didn't know that you "should" (in survey it's compulsory I think?) get extinguishers tested every year (approx $11), and if they're over 5 years old they wont test them as they need to do a refill which is WAY MORE expensive than just replacing them.

 

Just thought I'd pass that on in case there's other sailors who thought that checking the needle was still pointing in the right area on the dial was sufficient. It ain't.

 

So I now have a new extinguisher for the boat and an older one as a spare to it's bigger brother in the garage.................

 

That is all. Carry on regardless. :arrow:

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Learnt something new today. The downside is that at my age, I'll have forgotten it by tomorrow. :roll:

 

Smart of you to write it down then and I bet a pimply arsed teenager wouldn't have thought of that. See there is bonus's to getting old and crusty :)

 

 

Nice post by the way, I didn't know that either.

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FWIW I inherited old extinguishers and replaced them. I tested an old rusty one with the dial stuck by giving the shower stall at home a squirt - the extinguisher worked fine but the stink and tiny particles and the clean up!!! Never again. So don't let anyone convince you that fire extinguishers contain nothing more than just harmless compressed CO2 or sodium bicarbonate.

 

And also, FWIW, I am told that the Government has now forced the NZ Fire Service (NZFS) to cease doing free community training sessions. In the old days you could ring the local fire station and make a time to take your old extinguishers around to practice putting out a little fire. Apparently it's taking away business from other trainers and we can't have that. NZFS is also not allowed to do any "commercial" training anymore.

 

The same source told me that the navy ship and indoor fire fighting training is at Ngataringa Bay near Devonport Auckland.

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I test my extinguishers annually by pulling the trigger and see if it squirts stuff out. So far so good.

 

I was told that for powder extinguishers on a Boat or anything where you get Vibration, it is good practice to regularlry up end it and tap it against a surface to ensure the powder remians free flowing. Apparently they can pack due to vibration.

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Your 1st comment is wrong wheels but your second is correct as someone who did extinguisher sales and service for some years with Firewatch.  After a test squirt of a dry powder unit it will then go flat after a day or 2 as powder gets under the seal. May get away with it with CO2 or water based.  

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Learnt something new today. The downside is that at my age, I'll have forgotten it by tomorrow. :roll:

 

Didn't know that you "should" (in survey it's compulsory I think?) get extinguishers tested every year (approx $11), and if they're over 5 years old they wont test them as they need to do a refill which is WAY MORE expensive than just replacing them.

 

Just thought I'd pass that on in case there's other sailors who thought that checking the needle was still pointing in the right area on the dial was sufficient. It ain't.

 

So I now have a new extinguisher for the boat and an older one as a spare to it's bigger brother in the garage.................

 

 

Guess what happened at the orifice today?

 

Exactly what happened to Terry. I now also have perfectly good extinguishers that are not legal plus some new ones. Fire gear checking dude told me exactly what Terry was told. 5 years between tests, the testers are thieves, new ones are cheaper. That is in a commercial work place. 

 

That's a little bizarre. I learn of it yesterday and get the same thing happen to me today. But at least I remembered it for 24hrs so I've got one up on Terry :)

 

 

A guy was sitting on a stool beside a puddle with a fishing rod dangling in the puddle. A stranger walks passed and smirks, "caught anything yet?". Yeah replies the fisherman, you're the third so far. :wave:

That's clever :razz:

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I was aware of the powder settling problem, but not aware that although the guage is showing OK they still should be checked, it seems to be an anomally and counter intuitive to have a guage saying it's OK but bureaucrats saying the opposite??

Re inflateable life jackets needing testing, I read somewhere of a form that you could use for self testing that was acceptable to the authorities ( I think in Aus. ) Could that be acceptable in NZ??

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I was aware of the powder settling problem, but not aware that although the guage is showing OK they still should be checked, it seems to be an anomally and counter intuitive to have a guage saying it's OK but bureaucrats saying the opposite??

Re inflateable life jackets needing testing, I read somewhere of a form that you could use for self testing that was acceptable to the authorities ( I think in Aus. ) Could that be acceptable in NZ??

As long as I have been working on boats a vessel in survey has been required to have the portable fire extinguishers inspected annually and pressure tested every five years - many extinguishers use a gas cartridge so the entire extinguisher is not under pressure thus when you pull the trigger the cylinder comes under pressure - a corroded cylinder could fail.

 

Inflatable Life Jackets - commercial operators have to have them inspected/tested by an approved service agent (https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Publications-and-forms/Commercial-operations/Shipping-safety/Liferaft-service-stations.pdf) every 2years (http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/rules/rule-documents/part42a-maritime-rule.pdf page 12). My work life jacket is getting close to retirement - it has a service life of 10years.

It costs around $40 to have an inflatable life jacket tested last time I looked at the bill the company got.

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