Jun 082010

imageNow would be a good time to go and check your bracket-mounted fire extinguishers. Although this particular extinguisher apparently exploded off of a bulldozer a similar incident could well happen aboard ship.

Over time, the head of a bolt supporting the bracket damaged the fire extinguisher cylindre, producing fatigue cracks that weakened it sufficiently for it to burst, tear off the bracket and fly several metres. Fortunately no-one was hurt.

Two other bracket mounted fire extinguishers showed a dangerous amount of wear from the metal retaining strap.


Note that in this case the extinguisher is well away from the bolthead and similar damage is unlikely.

So, check your fire extinguishers for wear and damage caused by boltheads and metal retaining straps.

Do make sure extinguishers are mounted so that such damage cannot occur.

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