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The Coast Guard has become aware of counterfeit Coast Guard-approved portable fire extinguishers manufactured by Amerex Corp. and Buckeye Fire Equipment.
Both companies produce genuine, approved fire extinguishing equipment, but the counterfeit units present a significant safety hazard, the Coast Guard announced.
Their capability to extinguish fires is unproven. They may be charged with a 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 B-II extinguishers can be identified by several features, including:
Counterfeit units may have duplicate serial numbers. For counterfeit Amerex extinguishers, V-654690 has been reported. For counterfeit Buckeye extinguishers, K-094927 (red handle) and YMU76222 (black handle) have been reported. There may be other serial numbers used on the counterfeits.
The labels on the extinguishers may be simply printed. Labels on genuine, approved extinguishers will include a security imprint/texture behind the UL LISTED logo, classification, testing and approval data. Genuine Amerex extinguishers will have a pattern of scored “circles,” and genuine Buckeye extinguishers will have the letter “S” scored into the label.
The Coast Guard strongly recommends that vessel owner/operators inspect their equipment. Anyone suspecting they have counterfeit extinguishers should contact the Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards at email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a description of the suspected units and photographs showing front, rear and bottom views, and close-ups of labels.