The Coast Guard issued a reminder for vessel owners and operators, and all mariners, to use only the proper replacement parts for emergency equipment.
The Coast Guard shares a lesson learned with vessel owners operators and others from a recent inspection on emergency equipment with incorrect batteries used in an upright floating lantern concern, causing it to be inoperable.
Always follow specific manufacturer recommendations when replacing batteries or other components of safety equipment. When possible, maintain awareness of counterfeit replacement components and safety equipment at large. The Coast Guard previously reported on the hazards of counterfeit safety products such as emergency escape breathing devices or hand portable fire extinguishers.
View lessons learned 02-14 for examples of inoperable emergency equipment due to improper replacement parts.
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