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Beware Counterfeit Fire Extinguishers

posted Jul 11, 2013, 5:21 AM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 5:27 AM ]
The following article is an excerpt from the July 2013 issue of the BoatUS Seaworthy Publication.

If you carry a fire extinguisher aboard, check and see if it was manufactured by Amerex Corporation or Buckeye Fire Equipment. Both companies are major producers of genuine approved fire extinguishing equipment, but the Coast Guard has recently become aware of counterfeits of U.S. Coast Guard-approved portable fire extinguishers using those brand names. These counterfeit extinguishers present a significant safety hazard. Their capability to extinguish a fire is unproven; they may be charged with a powdery substance that is not a fire extinguishing agent; the pressure cylinder is not DOT-approved; and the pressure gauge may not function or may give false readings. The dry-chemical counterfeit extinguishers are size B-II and may be identified by several distinguishing features:
  • Printed logos without a security imprint/texture behind the UL LISTED logo
  • A rounded, curved lip on the bottom of the extinguisher
  • Welded seams on the sides of the canister

If you suspect you have a counterfeit unit, please contact the Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards. For complete details, go to the Coast Guard Auxiliary website: