slantsix
slantsix Reader
6/12/20 9:59 a.m.

Hello Fellow GRM'rs

 

In the interest of garage safety other than using quality rated Non HF Jackstands, Using an ALI Rated Lift etc.

 

What are the options for fire extinguishers.  I need to get some for my garages, but I would like to not have stuff covered in white powder if there is an option.  I am just ignorant to the options out there to choose from.

 

Thanks, Greg

L5wolvesf
L5wolvesf Reader
6/12/20 12:16 p.m.
Don49 (Forum Supporter)
Don49 (Forum Supporter) Dork
6/12/20 12:56 p.m.

You can get co2 extinguishers. Other than freezing things, there is no residue.

slantsix
slantsix Reader
6/12/20 2:14 p.m.

Thanks guys.

 

 

Just curious is there a substantial price difference between CO2 and dry chemical extinguishers?

 

 

Greg

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
6/12/20 2:15 p.m.
L5wolvesf said:

I avoid all Kidde brand products since the recall. For decades they made poor quality extinguishers/

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and#:~:text=Plastic%20handle%20fire%20extinguishers%3A%20The,March%202009%20and%20February%202015.&text=Digits%20five%20through%20nine%20represent,of%20manufacture%20in%20DDDYY%20format. 

You could apply that logic to about every major car manufacturer. 
 

I have used the Kiddy ones for years with no issue. Beats the alternative of not having one. 

L5wolvesf
L5wolvesf Reader
6/12/20 3:52 p.m.

In reply to dean1484 :

You could apply that logic to about every major car manufacturer. 

Yes, you could compare apples to oranges too.

 

I have used the Kiddy ones for years with no issue. Beats the alternative of not having one.

Except that is not the only alternative to Kidde made extinguishers. There is also Amerex 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
6/12/20 4:05 p.m.

We are not comparing fire extinguishers to cars I am simply saying that if you are trashing Kiddy because they have a recall you could apply that logic to just about every car manufacturer as they all have had recalls for things. So no apples to oranges. Just logically looking at things. 
 

Never said there was no alternative to Kiddy just that having a Kiddy around is better than having non at all. Sorry I did not spell it out for you I can see how that could be confusing. 

Edit:  Just re read my post and I did say that the alternative was no having one so I am not sure what you are getting at.  

 

I have a shop littered with Kiddy extinguishers and HF jack stands. I guess it's a good thing the life is rated or I would die instantly every time I walked out there.

Excluding powder extinguishers is probably going to limit you to co2 and they are pretty big money. The good news is, after spending days cleaning fire extinguisher powder up you will be less likely to start another fire. 

pirate
pirate HalfDork
6/12/20 5:34 p.m.

Halon 1211 is a alternative which is used in hand held extinguishers. There is no residue when discharged. They are often used in aircraft. There are some other Halon derivatives but the biggest disadvantage is they are all very expensive compared to the common ABC chemical extinguishers. The white powder left over from a discharged ABC chemical extinguisher is very corrosive and hard to clean up. I carry a Halon extinguisher in my Lotus 7 clone.

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