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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. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,066

    from Spring tx

    have 2 dry chemical ones. Most issues I have ever had were cured with the good ole squirt bottle or a rag to smother out the flame. But if something happened I know I have my choice of size, mid or large.... Both within 10 seconds of anywhere in the garage! I have seen some folks with larger garages/shops, have one every 20 feet, its honestly a good practice for sure. A few bucks vs all your hard work and maybe house too is a no brainer...
  2. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,346


    Have one in my garage and one in my old car.
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  3. Happydaze
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 775


    I have one but I figured I'd never get it checked (and i was right!) so I got a fire blanket too, hanging on the wall by the side exit.

  4. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,458


    I have a maintained 10 pounder in garage although my fires are usually extinguished quick with my hand.

    My employer with over 1000 big trucks had a safety meeting attended by local fire dept to demonstrate how to extinguish a fire. Fire extinguisher is required equipment in big trucks. A driver grabbed one of our company fire extinguishers at the demo to extinguish fire, it failed, as did 2 more. Extinguishers have to be checked annually.
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  5. Yep, I have two 20 pounders in the garage. One by the man door, one by the garage door. I mount them on the wall at face height. They'll never get moved or put behind something, and they're easily visible from anywhere in the shop.
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  6. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 981


    You can never have too many , and where you put them is everything. I have 6 , my shop is divided in two sections [ clean side, work side] i have one at the main door ,one at the door to the second side, one mid room [booth] at one at the back of each room. Can't understand having just one . what if your in the back of a 60' shop and the fire is between you and the extinguisher?.
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  7. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,086

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    I have one in the back by the toolbox, and one by the walk in/overhead door. Cant be too safe
  8. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,411

    rusty rocket

    Yeah mine is a double duty fire extinguisher. image.jpg image.jpg I used it as an anvil to bend the strap around for my driveshaft gaurd.
  9. jimgoetz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2013
    Posts: 289


    Yep me too. I've had a 20# CO2 for years and the only time I ever used it was to try to get the curve in my 27 roadster trunk lid right.
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  10. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 779


    Have a couple hanging in the shop. Never have had to use one thank goodness. Hope never have to.
  11. papa's 39 koop
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 162

    papa's 39 koop

    I have 3 in my garage...They came in handy last fall when my riding lawnmower caught fire while I was mowing the leaves..thought I was going to have to call FD..
  12. Consensus says we're for the most part covered....BUT- even though they need to be hydro tested every 5 yrs,
    ONCE a year you should shake them up. This is just regular maintenance like everything else.....
    Just because one is handy, does not mean it's going to save your ass...... Check your dates on the bottle, have them serviced when needed, and don't skimp even though it shows charged, or in the green zone. Do yourself a favor.
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  13. Funny that this thread came up. I just finished replacing 4 dry powder fire extinguishers in my shop. One at each man door on either end, one in the middle, and one attached to my roll around tool cart. I have a 2 1/2 lb. Halatron in each of the running hot rods.

    And for the princely sum of $8.00 I got a 3 pack of these stickers:

    It almost looks like I know what I'm doing.
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  14. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 526


    I have a ten pounder in the garage and a smaller one in my truck. There should be one at each of the 2 doors. I worked in a mill where everyone in the mill went through an annual fire extinguisher practice. Everyone had to take a turn to put out an oil fire in an 8' x 8' pan. They also opened a 100 lb propane tank and lit it so it was a big flame thrower. We all got a turn of getting behind that and putting it out as well. It is a good exercise and a person having had the training should be able to calmly put out a fire. Always have a way out. We were told to get a chemical extinguisher recharged every 5 years as the chemicals settle and consolidate so they may not work if they have been around too long.
  15. fordflambe
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 369


    I too have several placed next to work benches and in welding area. And slightly equally important with a new shop, plan where your flammables/combustibles will be stored. Meaning, keep rags picked up, store paint and thinners, cleaners, fuels, etc. away from areas where you are making sparks. Always keep an extinguisher in the shop area where you are doing engine tuneups.
  16. Always had them and had to use them once or twice.
  17. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,556

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    Two in the garage, recently added an extra in our utility room,cheap insurance.
  18. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,384

    from New York

    As a retired Firefighter, I have two. A CO2 and a water can. I know nobody used cans anymore, but believe it or not you can extinguish a lot of fire with one. In fact some engine companies in NYC have a "can-man". He goes in first and knocks it down if it's a small fire. Saves picking up a lot of hose.
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  19. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,148


    Great to hear all of you have extinguishers in your garage/shop and cars. I have one securly mounted in my hot rod as well as my garage.

    A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. Time is of the essence.

    While we're on the subject, dont forget to have one in your kitchen, I have one under the kitchen sink. The most common cause of a house fire is unattended cooking. Also...keep one in your Master Bedroom Closet!! Think about it, where do you spend the majority of the time when you're home? In your bed sleeping (approx. 5 - 8 hours per night). Added to that you're asleep so your response will be delayed. That extinguisher can buy you time and help you get out.
  20. engine138
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,158

    from Commack NY

    Not sure if already discussed but also very important
    In addition to the monthly inspection and yearly maintenance examination, the following are also required:

    • 6-Year Internal Examination: Every 6-years, fire extinguishers which require a 12-year hydrostatic test must be emptied and given an internal and external examination.
    • 12-Year Hydrostatic Test: Every 12 years, most types of fire extinguishers are required to undergo hydrostatic testing, a process that tests the cylinder for any deformities or leaks.
    • Non-rechargeable fire extinguishers: If your fire extinguishers are non-rechargeable (for one-time use only), then they require neither the 6-year or 12-year maintenance procedures. Rather, they must be removed from service by no later than 12 years after their manufacture date.
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  21. Yeah, I have one in my shop... 114.jpg
  22. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,143


    I have a 10lb by the welder & another on the other side of the shop, one under the kitchen sink, & one in the computer room. When I'm planning "hot-work", the last thing before I start welding/cutting is to hose down an area 10' around the area I'm working in, & I keep the "charged" hose next to the area until I'm finished, & when I am through, I hose down the entire area that I've worked in, including the area that I originally "hosed". Then I take a break & put-up the tools & scrap, then give the area another inspection before I roll-up the hose. I know : a bit "anal", but , as a welder/fitter I've dealt with "fire-in-the-workplace" on a regular basis(Yes, No matter how careful, THEY DO HAPPEN!!!), so now, working on my own, I'm extra careful not to threaten my shop or house.
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  23. dirrty
    Joined: Dec 10, 2011
    Posts: 16


    Very important fact. ALL dry powder type extinguishers must be agitated periodically to keep the powder from packing at the bottom, shake them upside down every now and then. And when you actually try to use them, "burp" the handle just a little to cause the propellant to stir up the powder or if you just squeeze the handle you just get air, which won't help too much. Had a jet engine blow fuel all over the wing above it then catch fire, brought out big roll around extinguisher (been sitting for God knows how long) and PPFFFFTTTT, nothing but air. Had to replace most of wing, anyway we all had to take fire training (every year after that) and that was the reason it failed to work. After that all extinguishers had to have a tag with last service (check pressure and agitate every 3 months). If you maintain your cars, do the same for these. Public service announcement over.
  24. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,749


    I put one in every garage I've had. It's foolish not to.
  25. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,037


    Yep two, one on either side of the garage. Especially with occasional welding/cutting. Absolutely a must have, along with the water hose.
    Seen a 5 gal can of lacquer thinner start 'puffing' one time at a buddy's shop while he was tacking a panel. Was enough for me...:eek:
  26. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 6,750


    The only people who don't have fire extinguishers also don't wear seat belts or use jack stands. You get yo be old by mostly being lucky. By then, you are considered smart.
  27. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,382

    from Woburn, MA

    Yeah, and I should buy more so there's at least two but I keep a dry powder in the center of my little shop.

    I have had to use it. It was quite a scare but one toot from the little guy did the job.
  28. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,166


    I have 4 in the garage and alway one by the doors, welder and sanders
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  29. scratch
    Joined: Nov 27, 2009
    Posts: 36


    Disharge/ recharge procedures..... 5 yearly Water foam and dry powder / 10 yearly Co2 (replace)
    Annually service once yearly checking pressure and no defects....
    Always pays to have them at hand...Be safe

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