For many reasons, it would be really bad if our boat were to catch on fire. Thankfully, because our boat contains things like engines, gasoline, diesel, propane, oil, lacquered wood, and electrical wiring, it also contains things like automatic fire extinguishing systems and fire extinguishers located throughout the boat.
Our main salon houses the control for our engine room fire extinguishing system. If pulled, a fire suppressant would flood our engine room and extinguish any surface-burning fire. Given the necessity of this device, it is no surprise that it is located in plain sight and is easy to access--great news if we have an engine room engulfed in flames, not so great when we have a baby that grabs at everything she can get her hands on.
This is the control for our Fireboy fire extinguishing system. It's Helina's favorite toy.
|Fireboy Pull Lever|
Unlike our inverter control panel, which we were able to cover, we're not really sure what to do about the exposed fire extinguisher control. We don't want to cover it with anything that locks or is difficult to open because that would defeat the purpose of this type of device. So for right now, our solution is to watch Helina like a hawk and pray that the thin plastic tie is strong enough to keep our engine room from total destruction.