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#1 posted 05-13-2010 07:29 AM

With 33 years in the fire service, I agree that you should have an ABC extinguisher in your home shop. And remember that just like any of your other equipment, extinguishers require maintenance. They should be inspected at least once a year for the following:

Operating pressure… that the pressure gauge is in the green area and has not leaked.

Nozzles… that the nozzle is free on obstructions, spiders love to build nests in them.

Extinguishing powder… that the powder is loose, turn the extinguisher upside down and rap on the side with a rubber mallet. If the extinguisher just stays in one position for a long time the powder will tend to cake in the bottom and get hard and all you will get is gas if you try to use it.

General condition… Dents, rust, and dirt can all shorten the life of the extinguisher and make it useless when you need it most.

If you have any doubts about maintaining your extinguisher, you can find companies in the phone book that, for a nominal fee, will check it for you. There are a lot of different types and sizes of extinguishers on the market. When you pick one up, stop your local fire station and they should be able to make sure it is right for your home shop.

-- When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water. Gfolley, Ohio

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