I searched through the CFRs but was unable to find a definitive answer and am looking for some suggestions/opinions/answers from anyone that is willing to help.
Our Fire Plan calls for 13 spare 20lb Sodium Bicarbonate (Class B & C) extinguishers in a locker. Instead we have 10 Sodium Bicarbonate and 3 CO2.
My question: Since the CO2 extinguishers are ABC class does that mean our vessel is up to code with the Fire Plan? Some of the thoughts on board are that since we have ABC extinguishers they “supersede” the BC Sodium Bicarbonate.
The only thing I came across was:
29 CFR § 1910.157 Portable fire extinguishers.
[B] (e)[/B] [B][I]Inspection, maintenance and testing.
[/I][/B]B[/B] The employer shall assure that alternate equivalent protection is provided when portable fire extinguishers are removed from service for maintenance and recharging.
Would a CO2 be considered an “alternate equivalent”?
Thanks for any help and your time.