What are regulations regarding Pressure testing of Fire extinguishers on ships as per SOLAS ?

  • The hydraulic test period for all types of fire extinguishers and propellant bottles is 5 years.
  • Hydraulic testing must be carried out by an accredited service agent or test facility.
  • Following the hydraulic testing, a thorough inspection and internal examination must be carried out prior to recharging.
  • The test pressure and test date must be marked clearly on each extinguisher. Note: ‘hard-stamping’ is only acceptable for CO2 extinguishers and propellant bottles.
  • Test certificates or test records must be provided and retained on board for inspection.


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