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  • #16
    'Glad you're safe, Jeff. Good that the truck was outside, too, eh? BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.


    • #17
      Also everyone needs to make sure that your extinguishers are of the right "Type" and not just CO2. The list of types of extinguishers (and applications) is quite large. The one I'm looking at right now is Halon with Bromochlorodifluoromethane. It says it is Classification 5-B:C and that is just at our desk at the receiving office at the high school I work at.


      • #18
        I have dry chemical fire extinguishers in the house, garage, and barn, and a somewhat larger loose one in the garage. The ones in the garage are readily available to be used in the big shop. Odds are near certain, if the big shop is open, so will be the garage. Once I get the interior cladding in the big shop, it gets its own extinguishers, too.

        I have one of those pressurized water extinguishers, and it's handy as all get-out. I keep it in the garage, too, and have it on hand if I'm welding outdoors, or using the burn barrel. Easy to refill, and re-pressurize using the air chuck, and you can use a little, or use a lot, and what's left in the tank is still useful. Unlike dry-chemical jobs that are one-time only. One of those would probably handle the fire Jeff experienced, even though water isn't supposed to be used for flammable liquid fires. In Jeff's case, there was a small amount of leaked fuel ignited, and a large blast of water would have scattered it, AND cooled the metal, perhaps saving the paint.

        Getting hard to get Halon, which is by far the best choice for car fires, as it creates less of a mess.
        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands