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Re: Inspecting fire extinguishers
"...we boaters ARE all supposed to get our extinguishers all inspected and tagged ... that's what the survey says no?"
No, that isn't what the survey says.
"...IAW NFPA 302. **, ABYC A-4 AP 6.3 ..."
That means the surveyor thinks you must be in accord with the National Fire Prevention Association 302, which is a private industrial standard, not a law or a regulation. And the ABYC A-4 AP 6.3, which is another private recommendation, not a law or regulation, which we civilians can't even READ because the ABYC makes their money by selling their standards books. No peeking without paying.
So your surveyor is saying there are some highly regarded PRIVATE recommendations to spend money on tradesmen every year. Whooppeee! Can we say, "Not objective, has conflict of interest" there?
On the other hand, a company like Kidde, with big deep pockets and their name in flashing lights, would be in for a million dollar verdict in a lawsuit if the extinguishers they warranteed as good for six years without any attention, actually failed because of that. Wouldn't they?
One company (others too, I'm sure) is putting their money where their mouth is. The other? Yeah, right, they want you to spend money on the people who buy their books. Need it or not.
Call me a cynic, but if your surveyor had bother to use ENGLISH instead of JARGON, there'd be no confusion.
One of the mandates of the National Incident Management System, the umbrella for all FEMA/DHS disaster operations in the US, is "NEVER USE JARGON" because all it does is create confusion. Psychiatrists will tell you that jargon is designed to keep "them" ignorant and unable to understand "us". There's no excuse for it from a surveyor.
Tell him to rewrite the survey, and if he wants to include references to PRIVATE RECOMMENDATIONS for upkeep, to include those recommendations verbatim and complete. And to disclose any conflict of interests he may have, i.e. he has probably FUNDED the ABYC by buying their standards books. Or else he doesn't know what that standard reads, does he? Hmmmm.....
How does one say, "FUD!"
On Madison Avenue the MBAs used to say "Don't ---- on my head and tell me it is raining."