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Issued by NWS Chicago, IL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
900 AM CDT WED MAY 20 2015

...MAY 16 THROUGH MAY 22 IS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...TODAYS
SUBJECT...FIRE EXTINGUISHERS...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THIS YEARS
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK.

U.S. COST GUARD APPROVED MARINE-TYPE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE REQUIRED
ON BOATS WHERE A FIRE HAZARD COULD BE EXPECTED FROM THE ENGINES OR
FUEL SYSTEM.

WHEN REQUIRED...BOATS LESS THAN 26 FEET MUST CARRY AT LEAST ONE B-I
COAST GUARD APPROVED FIRE EXTINGUISHER. BOATS 26 TO 40 FEET MUST
CARRY TWO B-I OR ONE B-II COAST GUARD APPROVED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.
BOATS 40 TO 65 FEET MUST CARRY THREE B-I OR ONE B-II AND ONE B-I
COAST GUARD APPROVED EXTINGUISHERS.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE CLASSIFIED BY A LETTER AND A NUMBER SYMBOL.
THE LETTER INDICATES THE TYPE OF FIRE THE UNIT IS DESIGNED TO
EXTINGUISH AND THE NUMBER INDICATES THE SIZE OF THE EXTINGUISHER. A
TYPE B EXTINGUISHER FOR EXAMPLE IS INTENDED TO EXTINGUISH BURNING
LIQUIDS SUCH AS GASOLINE...OIL OR GREASE.  ALL COMMON ON A BOAT.

THE BOATER SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL MORE THAN HALF THE LENGTH OF
THEIR BOAT TO GET TO THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
SHOULD BE INSPECTED ANNUALLY BY THE BOATER TO ENSURE THEY ARE
PROPERLY CHARGED...STORED AND ARE UNDAMAGED.

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND
THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL.  VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ON THE WEB AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV AND THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING
COUNCIL AT WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG.

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