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Technical anyone ever think of a fire extinguisher for garage ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Bomber, May 16, 2019.

  1. The Bomber
    Joined: Dec 10, 2005
    Posts: 529

    The Bomber
    from mass.

    Planning on building a new garage, thought came to mind the other day. I thought of all the things i'm thinking of doing when finished, shouldn't the first thing I get is a fire extinguisher? You see them in cars, but I've never noticed them in garages, even here. Maybe I don't see them but thinking of all the things that can happen and have happened, would make sense to's a cheap preventative if a fire breaks out. Thanks for any feedback.
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  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,517


    Just installed one last week.
  3. The Bomber
    Joined: Dec 10, 2005
    Posts: 529

    The Bomber
    from mass.

    cool! smart thinking
  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,862


    I have 3 or 4, I think...never had to use one, but you never know.
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  5. I’ve got 6
    Always make sure the hose is on and works before doing hot work.
    Not had to pull the pins or run the hose.
    Air and a squirt bottle
  6. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,977

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Always have one in my garage.
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  7. I always have one in my garage and my car....just in case....
  8. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,774

    from oregon

    They need to be checked/recharged periodically.
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  9. JC Sparks
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 708

    JC Sparks
    from Ohio

    It's the type of thing you don't need until you need it. And then you sure better have it.
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  10. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,530


    Damn right. There is no such thing as a little fire.
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  11. The Bomber
    Joined: Dec 10, 2005
    Posts: 529

    The Bomber
    from mass.

    very good hambers, guess i'm a little late catching up to that smart thinking...i'm guess I didn't look hard enough at the garage pics here for the idea....i'm
  12. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,263

    Atwater Mike

    Ugh. Little fire spark big one.
    I have 2, one's empty. Time to call Jeremy and get it filled...
  13. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,310


    Always keep one with the welder and have a second by the door to the house.

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  14. Relic Stew
    Joined: Apr 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,127

    Relic Stew
    from Wisconsin

    The weld shop at work used to have two 125 cf CO2 bottles on a cart connecting to a single hose. Made me kind of want one for the home shop.
    Extinguisher bottles are different from regular gas bottles, as they send liquid from the bottom out the hose.
  15. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,253


    You bet I have an extinguisher handy. Just noticed the one we've had in our pantry for the last 10 years was pointing to empty without ever being used. Glad I noticed it.
  16. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,198

    from Oregon

    About four and a water hose handy.
    Last edited: May 16, 2019
  17. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,297

    Rusty O'Toole

    I always have one mounted by the shop door. That way if I have to run for the extinguisher I will be running for the exit, and when I turn to fight the fire I will have the exit to my back.

    It's good to have another one by the welder but I find a squirt bottle of water handier, and cheaper.

    In the last 50 years I have needed an extinguisher 3 or 4 times but use the squirt bottle nearly every time I weld something.
  18. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 998


    Have had them for years. Hope to keep on never needing them.
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  19. I have 2 in my garage, I take them to the local safety equipment shop and have them checked out when the charge starts to drop. HRP
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  20. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,913


    Almost burned my 34 coupe up in the garage. I had an extinguisher and put the fire out. Tip them upside down once in awhile so the powder doesn’t pack.

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  21. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,405


    I've had one in mine for years.
  22. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,982

    from Dublin, OH

    No shop or garage should be without at least one.
    1 in a work area, and 1 by the exit/entrance door.
    I have 20 pounders in my garages.
    They should be checked at least every couple of years by a certified fire extinguisher company.
    You should eyeball the gauge at least once a week, just in case you need it in a hurry!
    Just my experience and thoughts on the subject.
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  23. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 465

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    Gotta smack the botttom with a rubber mallet a few times while upside down too.
  24. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,215


    Yep, like insurance. You never want to use but when you do, it's there!;)
  25. It's a no brainer.
  26. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,374

    from texas

    Have four small ones in the garage. Another 2 1/2 gal water that I put soap and water in to kill the wasps. Shoots a long way.
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  27. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,736


    I have two in the shop and a few under the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms just in case.
    I do not bother recharging them I find it faster to just replace them with New ones.

    How about smoke detectors in the garage? You should have one!
    I also have an alarm system with camera's installed.
  28. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,346


    Alway have fire extinguishers in my shop and home. Have several different types. The dry powder are good but make a mess. I have collected several water extinguishers. Good for some fires but not and easy to clean up!

  29. Rich S.
    Joined: Jul 22, 2016
    Posts: 293

    Rich S.

    I have 3 on the wall and a loose one that I bring over to where I’m cutting or welding. Never needed it, but that’s what I do.

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  30. I have several, of different types. If you have a fire in a confined area, like an engine bay, a CO2 extinguisher is mighty handy, as you won't be cleaning up afterwards. Just make sure the place is ventilated. Also, a fire blanket is good for smothering small fires. There are charts to show you what type of extinguisher to use with different type fires (fuel, electrical, etc). Using the wrong type of extinguisher can be useless or make it worse. FE-USE-e1552046424248.png

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