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Fire extinguishers

by richgreer
posted 04-19-2010 05:48 PM


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#1 posted 04-19-2010 05:58 PM

got two in my shop

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 05:59 PM

forgot to add…seems like one of them is always covered up with something

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 05:59 PM

I keep a fire extinguisher, flash light and first aid kit. I’ve used the flash light (power went out) and the first aid kit (cut finger – minor) but not the extinguisher yet.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 04-19-2010 06:01 PM

I have three in my shop. My basement shop is a combination woodshop with a few metal wroking tools, all the usual wood working tools. My fire extingushers are located next to the metal lathe, one next to the milling machine, and one by my workbench. I believe they should be a must in any shop. I also have a phone in the shop which I believe should be a must as well, if you have to call for help it could save your life.

-- Ray

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#5 posted 04-19-2010 06:02 PM

Rich;

We have fire extinguishers everywhere on ranch. Two in the workshop, one in the barn, one in horse barn tack room and a second outside unused horse stall we keep baled hay in. Have one in our indoor kitchen and one in the outdoor kitchen.

We do our best to keep the workshop as clean as possible to avoid any issue but, you never know. Want to be prepared just in case the worst might happen.

Great subject and it spur others who don’t have extinguishers in key places.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 06:08 PM

I have been a firefighter for 18 years. Get at least one extingusher.

-- Alex

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#7 posted 04-19-2010 06:10 PM

I have two in my shop but an additional question might be asked…............

How often are they checked to make sure they are still charged and effective?

Very important…..........IMO

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#8 posted 04-19-2010 06:11 PM

In response to brunob, I also keep a flashlight and a first aid kit in my workshop. Unfortunately, I have had to use the first aid kit a couple of times (nothing serious). I have also used the flashlight but not in an emergency situation. Sometimes a flashlight is just what you need to see something clearly. DeWalt offers a great flashlight that uses their regular 18 volt battery. I bought it without a battery for less than $20. I already have 4 of those batteries and 2 chargers.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 04-19-2010 06:18 PM

forgot to add…seems like one of them is always covered up with something

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 04-19-2010 06:18 PM

I have three.

1) co2 close to the torch tank
2) dry powder. close to the entrance doors.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 04-19-2010 06:21 PM

Majeagle1, for a commercial building, code (in this area) requires they are tested once per year. There is no code for residential for fire extinguishers. If you have a small wall mounted extinguisher it should be ok for a few years but is would buy a new one every year and rotate towards the garbage.

-- Alex

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#12 posted 04-19-2010 06:49 PM

They should be hanging in plain sight near the room’s Exit. In commersial buildings the fire dept. will inspect the tags to make sure they have been serviced wiithin the last year. The cheap ones can be serviced sometimes but most servicers recommend you don’t. Just replace them every few years.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#13 posted 04-19-2010 06:49 PM

Four in total. The shop’s not that large but there are 2 walls that keep me from getting easily from one area to another so I doubled up.

Whit

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#14 posted 04-19-2010 07:00 PM

What type and or brand??

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#15 posted 04-19-2010 07:00 PM

I was a volunteer firefighter.

I’ve got a BIG extinguisher … with a virtual BILLBOARD that says “FIRE EXTINGUISHER,” and has an arrow, pointing right to it.

I forget the numbers, but it’s pretty high on the A, B, AND C ratings.

No reason not to…..

-- -- Neil

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#16 posted 04-19-2010 07:02 PM

I just bought a big one made by kiddie last weekend. I’ll install it right next to the doorway between the garage and the house as soon as I finish installing/painting all my walls. That way if there is a fire, I can yell to my family to get out and then I can try to put the fire out before it spreads.

Just wondering, but how do you get an extinguisher tested/inspected? It sounds like it costs almost as much as just buying a new unit.

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#17 posted 04-19-2010 07:49 PM

I have a dry powder fire extinguisher by the door of my shop. Don’t let the extinguishers give you a false sense of security. The dry powder extinguisher is good for grease and electrical fires. but less effective for small wood fires.

I recently had a small out-of-control fire in my fireplace. Since then I have been looking for a pump type extinguisher that shoots water. The pressurized extinguishers tend to blow the sawdust and embers around making the situation worse. I ultimately put the fire out with a couple pans of water and then spent the rest of the day cleaning up the powder from the extinguisher.

-- Scott

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#18 posted 04-19-2010 07:50 PM

I have 2 at this time, planning to get 2 more.

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#19 posted 04-19-2010 08:10 PM

Yes, two. A probably need to recharge though. Thanks for the reminder!

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#20 posted 04-19-2010 08:15 PM

I have an extinguisher above my workbench and one in the kitchen. Both are at least ten years old and both have gauges that still show fully charged. I’ve done some research on the net but can’t find any definitive information regarding when you should replace one of the dry chemical types. Technically, they should last forever if they don’t leak since they are hermetically sealed. My best guess after all I’ve read is that they should probably be replaced after ten years or earlier if the gauge shows reduced pressure but that’s just a SWAG (Scientific Wild-Assed Guess).

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#21 posted 04-19-2010 08:15 PM

I have two This post reminds me that i should check them to make sure they will work

-- wchips

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#22 posted 04-19-2010 08:23 PM

I am with Gary, I have a big maglight and a big extinguisher that is supposedly designed for garages. If it saves my house or a life, the 45 bucks is totally worth it!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#23 posted 04-19-2010 08:39 PM

funny you just posted this
when I was outside and blow the two 5k and one 2k we have and the two
very small onetimers on 0.2k of in the air , they are going to be refilled and tested
tomorrow at the firestation, the meters on them said it was time to do it but the two small
I have to buy new to replace, one of them is always at the same table/bench I am
just in case (when you do DIY things you never know) and the others are strategic
placed at the wall on the right side of the main and basement doors and the kitchendoor

maybee I´m stupid but not that stupid not to think of safty first
I am covered for the night , borrowed two 5k on the firestation

Dennis

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#24 posted 04-19-2010 08:47 PM

This is very gratifying. This post has received 144 views and 23 comment in 3 hours. Some have said because of this post they are reminded to have their fire extinguishers checked. That’s great. I also suspect that some have viewed this post and decided they better go get a fire extinguisher – but they did not comment.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#25 posted 04-19-2010 08:51 PM

One in the stair well, two in the main shop and one in the spray booth. Like others, I need to get them checked soon… everybody should have at least one fire extinguisher in the shop.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#26 posted 04-19-2010 08:52 PM

Greetings all…........ I have two that I keep close at hand just on account….... My shop is 52’ long, so I have one at the front not far from my workbench, and the other is right next to the rear “big garage door” on the wall between the door and the room where my d.c. is housed…. all up and ready to go (gosh..I hope I never have to fire it off)....but like Rich said, a fire in the woodshop is low, but one never knows, and should stay vigulant…..... keep on keeping on…..... later.

edit: I should also mention that this very same subject came up on here a few months back, and was discussed in detail by LJer’s, and the firefighters that we have on here, also

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#27 posted 04-19-2010 09:04 PM

I was just recently thinking of adding one to my shop and then realized that we don’t have one in our house. We are renting a unit of a tri-plex unit. Are the owners supposed to supply one or do I have to? Does anyone know?

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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#28 posted 04-19-2010 09:19 PM

Well, let me dampen the party. I dont have any…I dont have a first aid kit either. :-) I am glad you brought this up Rich…I definetly need to get both…I keep thinking about it but havent acted. I know the importance of them. All I have in the shop is a phone. So, off I go to get the extinguisher and first aid kit.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#29 posted 04-19-2010 09:21 PM

It´s great if you have fire extinguishers but they don´t help a sh….
if you don´t know how to use them correct

here om the island where I lieve the firestation have two weekends
every year where we can see and try how to use them the most
effectiv way in all kinds off materiel and situations
it´s not cheep to try but it´s realy fun to do it safly with instructer
beside you

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#30 posted 04-19-2010 10:02 PM

I have 2 large dry chemical that I carried on the welding truck. You need to be aware that the dry chemical will set and pack. They are required to be serviced annually. Mine cost $100 new. There is not much to servicing them.
You need an old vacuum bag to discharge them into in order to save the baking soda. Take a tooth brush and clean all the o-rings of the dust. Inspect and be sure there is no packed chemical inside. Sift and pour the chemical back in the canister, lube the o-rings and reassemble. Recharge with air using the gauge for proper pressure. But to put the sticker on the unit you have to be certified by the state.
A lot of the “non-refillable” are trusted far to long after they are useful. These things will pack and discharge the pressure and leave 1/2 or more in the canister. So I would not take a chance on a lot of them. What are our family’s and homes worth to us. Some places we should not get cheap.
Mine are refereed to as 20 lber’s, because they hold 20 lbs of chemical. 8” in dia.x 18” high. JMHO Rand

PS…Wayne, thanks for waking up and smelling the roses…..er smoke.

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#31 posted 04-19-2010 10:14 PM

To SnowyRiver (and anyone else interested) – If you buy a new (and maybe some used) Mercedes-Benz car it will include a first aid kit. Just a suggestion for how to get a free first aid kit.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#32 posted 04-19-2010 10:37 PM

Me too, I got ‘em :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#33 posted 04-19-2010 10:50 PM

The Mecedes idea sounds great…can I get a sheet of plywood in the trunk? :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#34 posted 04-19-2010 10:59 PM

I’m quite sure you can get a sheet of plywood into the back of the R-class. :-)

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#35 posted 04-19-2010 11:09 PM

Great…that sounds like a plan :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#36 posted 04-19-2010 11:10 PM

Yep I have two. One in my wood shop and one in my metal shop. I’d rather have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

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#37 posted 04-19-2010 11:17 PM

I’ve two – one at each end of the shop, plus two battery operated motion sensitive night lights in case the power goes. Adding a flash light sounds like a good idea.

-- John from Hampstead

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#38 posted 04-19-2010 11:18 PM

I’m with SnowyRiver. I don’t have either in my shop. As often as I cut myself, I don’t think a first aid kit is large enough. I think I’ll just buy a box of rags and duct tape.

I do need to get a fire extinguisher though!!!!! Thanks for the suggestion.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#39 posted 04-19-2010 11:26 PM

So where do I get an extinguisher serviced?

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#40 posted 04-19-2010 11:28 PM

Yellow pages….......Fire extinguishers-Recharging

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#41 posted 04-19-2010 11:39 PM

Got a fire extinguisher, and I am a first aid kit…................those of you who know me know what I mean, but I have all the stuff, too, .........all kinds of bandaids, gauze, etc….......(-:

Flashlights are important, I have one in 3 of my totes. Have them around the house, in the winter Alaska is all about darkness.

But the fire thing is really important. Always remember the problems with linseed oil products and spontaneous combustion, or the open containers of volatile stuff that we use all the time…......and pertinent to me, the proximity of igniters such as furnaces, even though they are basically sealed. All my rags and paper towels with suspect products go outside in a bag for a few days before going into the waste basket. When you are done pouring, close the top of those truly volatile products, such as acetone, thinners, bulk WD-40, etc.

Funny, but pertinent story.

Back when I was in college-med school, I made money for my tuition working in a surgical lab doing transplant research. We used a small bottle on it’s side with gauze soaked in ether in it and the rat’s head in the bottle to anethetize the rats, after initially zonking them by dropping them into a metal can with ether in it. For you non-medical types, ether is the classic and complete anesthetic, except for the fact that it is high on the flammability list…...er….....one of the highest, and you feel terrible after the operation. (When I came home at night I smelled like ether, exhaled ether, and had a headache). We just threw our ether soaked gauze into the waste basket. (Bet that doesn’t happen any more).

The head lab tech opened the door to say something to us medical student peons, busily grafting skin to rats, and then threw the still lit end of his cigarette into the trash…...........immediate explosive type fire….....wham.

Never saw that guy move so fast…....ran to that trash bucket, and turned it over, and dragged it out into the hall.
(that is a trick to be remembered, deprives the fire of oxygen). The fire alarms didn’t have a chance to go off. He was uneducated, and very bright. He did kidney transplants on dogs single handedly most days, read…...difficult vascular surgery.

Bet it was the last time he ever threw a cigarette butt into a trash can…............

.............volatiles plus flame….......bad combo…..............

....lot’s of volatiles in woodworking…........

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#42 posted 04-20-2010 12:08 AM

extinguishers 6 one each car 1 in the shop 1 garage 2 in house 4 first aid kits 2 in house 1 each car.I

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#43 posted 04-20-2010 12:46 AM

Six years ago I lost my home and it’s entire contents to a fire. Every room in my house including the garage are now monitored for flame/smoke/CO as part of the security system. In addition to that there is an extinguisher in the kitchen and two in the garage.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#44 posted 04-20-2010 01:16 AM

We have 3; 1 in shop(attached 2 car garage) ,1 inside cellar entrance door off kitchen and 1 10 lbs. in cellar utility room.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#45 posted 04-20-2010 01:39 AM

We have a city apartment (as studio) and a weekend house. In the city, we have an extinguisher in the kitchen. In the country, we have three: one in the shop, one near the kitchen and one on the top floor. I never want to more than a few steps from an extinguisher. We have a complete alarm system with 24×7 monitoring as well.
I also never leave toasters plugged in. I have a friend who lost her home to a defective toaster.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#46 posted 04-20-2010 02:13 AM

Got two. Don’t recall the brand or anything like that, and they are less than a year old on both of them! First Alert I think, but the big shop sized ones from Lowes…. The risk is low, but the consequences are pretty severe, so the protection is there….

One of them is mounted to the wall just to the right of the lathe, one is mounted to the wall behind the drill press, both are obscenely easy to get to….

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#47 posted 04-20-2010 02:45 AM

I have one in the shop and one in the basement. My shop is next to the kitchen so do not have one there. I agree everyone should have one in their shop.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#48 posted 04-20-2010 03:48 AM

Rich…. I posted eariler that I have two f.e. in my shop…. I also found a flashlight that I forgot about, and yea….. the batteries were still good. My first aid kit consist of a box of bandaids and a bottle of monkey blood
( let’s see how many of you younger guys knows what that is)? How about some older guys, too. Do you know what monkey blood is…....? lol. lol.

edit: Almost forgot…. 2 in the house, one in my boat, one in my truck….. I’m fire ex. poor….....

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#49 posted 04-20-2010 04:12 AM

uuhhh…....iodine?

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#50 posted 04-20-2010 04:24 AM

i have about 3 f.e. but there very old

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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