Saturday, May 20, 2006

Fire Extinguisher Recall

Most divers either have boats or get to and from dive sites on boats. Safety equipment is vital to the operation of any dive operation - but works only if the equipment is in good condition or is not defective. We ran across this information which at least a few of you might be affected.

Recently the U.S. Coast Guard has become aware of a recall notice for some U.S.C.G. approved fire extinguishers made by the Strike First Corporation of America. Strike First has determined that the valve stem seats in a number of its 2.5 and 5 lb. dry chemical fire extinguishers assembled between December 2002 and February 2004 may prevent the extinguisher from discharging properly when the lever is activated. As a result of this condition, Strike First has initiated a fire extinguisher retrofit program for these units. Retrofit kits are available free of charge by contacting your Strike First distributor, or by contacting First Strike directly. The Coast Guard recommends that vessel operators verify the manufacturer of their fire extinguishers, and if applicable, take the action recommended by the manufacturer." For details visit: