A Fire Extinguisher RECALL – important fire safety information

A well-known fire extinguisher manufacturer, Kidde, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde fire extinguisher units. This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.

Plastic handle fire extinguishers: The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

For more information –

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde … fr3FggcNkQ

https://inmarmarketaction.com/kidde/ <– this link heads you to Kidde’s details on how return and gain a free replacement if you have one of the recalled units.

photo courtesy of http://www.boatus.org/

Boat Fire Extinguishers: Four Myths

Sage Marine received the following in today’s morning email –

Every spring, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water receives questions from boaters about fire extinguishers. To help set the record straight and debunk some myths about their use, here are four common questions:

Myth #1: Tapping or striking the extinguisher keeps the contents “fresh”.

Myth #2: All extinguishers must be mounted with a bracket.

Myth #3: Fire extinguishers get old and go “bad” every year.

Myth #4: The law says you only need to carry one extinguisher.

For the answers to the myths see –

http://goo.gl/SIbhxo

Doing it the right way

One item that has been much debated during the Sage 15 development process is the location we will make the boat components (hull, deck, cabin liner, etc). There has been ‘flip flopping’ on the issue: make parts here at the boat shop; no, out-source; no, make them here … repeat. Well, in late 2015 we made a choice: YES, the Sage 15 will be made entirely in the Sage Marine boat shop in Golden, Colorado.

Why was ‘where to lay up the parts’ a much debated issue? To legally build boat components, even with a vacuum infusion process, there are still volatiles and particulates that are released. Most of this comes from spraying gel coat into the mold before laying up the fiberglass and carbon fiber. Many boat builders are not legal, some go so far as to spray on weekends outside so as not to ‘draw attention’ to their illegal practice. At Sage we strive to do things ‘the right way’. In this case to make fiberglass parts we need a way to capture the volatiles and particulates and a fire resistant facility.

sage 15 hull and deck

For Sage this involves installing a spray booth, upgrading the building’s electrical and fire suppression systems. Before installing a booth and upgrading the building one must get permissions from a variety of city and state departments, offices and officials. Obviously this takes time … and money.

At this time the money is in place, the design for the booth and building is done, and we are one official away from approval to begin assembling the booth and renovating the building. Once that last ‘sign off’ is complete the six to ten week construction project will begin.