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    Fire extinguisher

    Driving up Denmark Hill yesterday and there was a car with its bonnet up, well ablaze. Big flames all over the engine and tons of smoke. Luckily no one inside. I guess they got out sharpish.

    Anyhow, even though it was only some crappy modern hatchback, it gave me the shivers. Someone's pride and joy up in smoke.

    Got me thinking that I need to get a fire extinguisher for the car. This one is sodium dry chemical powder. Is that what I need?



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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    Dont know if that ones the best,but i have an extinguisher in the passenger side of my rod within easy reach if i ever should need it.

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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    Here it is.....

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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    AFFF foam works well, it's water based so has more cooling effect than dry powder extinguishers.
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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    Powder ones are very good BUT dont half make a mess of the enginebay.
    As Stueeee said get a AFFF foam one from you local ralley shop, dont cost a bomb but well up to the job.

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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    Cheers fellas.

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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    If you can still find a halon/bcf extinguisher then thats the one to go for. Halon has been banned for a while now though due to the chemical reaction that occurs once it has been exposed to fire produces gases which affect the ozone layer. It is the best thing for a quick knock down especially in a compartment.
    Dry powder is excellent aswell but as mentioned leaves a residue that can be corrosive to certain components.
    Foam will get the job done but isn't ideal where electrics are involved and can also be corrosive.
    I carry dry powder in mine.

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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    avoid the powder ones. Used in vehicles the vibration leads to the powder settling and compacting inside resulting in failure when you need. AFFF is best for on board use.

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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    If powder is used on engine fires, it HAS to be cleaned off, the powder and petrol mix and go rock hard, which can cause all sorts of problems, I know it was given as the reason for a driver killed at Brands a few years ago when his throttle stuck wide open in a F5000 car, I think they changed Motorsport extinguisher rules after that accident,

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    Re: Fire extinguisher

    Deb had her dry powder one taken off her by the scrutineer at the Thunderball.

    He said that if it went off in a crash, the rescue crew wouldn't be able to find her in the car.

    It hasn't long been refilled after she used it to put out a fire in the engine bay.

    I carry one in the coupe...but not in the daily, although I should as I have a spare one.

    Odd that it's a requirement in Europe but not here.

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