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Old 07-18-2013, 06:04 AM
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Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers. We've all got one at each door, right?

When the clocks change, I do a safety check of all my woodworking tools, belts, nuts and bolts, smoke alarms, extinguishers, etc.

As a fire inspector once told me, smoke detectors do have a limited life span of about 16 years. He tests with smoke, not just pushing the button.

Twice a year because you never know.

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I have a fire extinguisher but I don't think it is up do date, I am not sure how old it is. I was told that it lasts between 5 to 15 years.
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Shortly after my wife and I purchased our first home, we were visited by a fire alarm salesman. He did not make the sale, but he scared the wits out of us. We bought a couple of fire extinguishers soon thereafter.

Fast forward twenty-five years or so (believe me, it's just the blink of an eye). My wife and I came home from a trip and were unloading the car. As I passed in and out of the back door, I heard some vague popping sounds. My daughter came out to the car stating that the power had gone off. I opened the breaker box near the back door and flames shot out. I grabbed the ancient fire extinguisher and emptied it into the breaker box while telling my daughter to call 911.

The fire was out by the time the local volunteers arrived. I could not believe our luck, to have arrived home minutes before a bad 30 amp breaker decided to go.

Years ago, when I worked for a place that filled extinguishers, we'd inspect them annually, but I understood they were good while the gauge pointed to the green. Mine certainly was.
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One thing to think about on the dry chem extinguishers is that even though the gauge can be in the green sometimes the powder can get caked. Even to the point of not operating when needed sometimes.

So every once in a while you can take the thing off the wall and shake it good, or give it a little whack to just give the powder a shake.

Other than that I replace all of mine every 5 years or so. Especially in the shop. They aren't much money these days for dry chem. Sometimes we all forget about them but when needed, well, we are glad to have them right?

But yeah, 25 yrs? Wow. That was a good unit to still work! Good deal and glad it did.

For the show cars and trailer I only use halon. The dry chem will cause severe corrosion to a car and all parts. If you ever have to use it on your car get it off asap after the fire is out. Well, unless it's totaled, then you want to let the ins. comp have at it, lol.
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The Coast Guard does inspections on pleasure/fishing boats if you ask - they always told me what Byronski said - shake them - even if the gauge is green, if it doesn't shake, replace it or have it re-charged.
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