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Old 04-28-2017, 07:10 PM   #1
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ABC or CO2 extinguisher?

is it reasonable to worry that if I have a fire on my engine or under the body I may not be able to reach it with a dry powder extinguisher? Could I flood the engine Department with CO2 and put out the fire?

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Old 04-28-2017, 07:15 PM   #2
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co2 is absolutely the best thing to ever use on a diesel, even on a runaway engine.

Imagine having a lot of that dry powder extinguisher to clean up. You don't want that in your engine either.

I've got to wonder what's going to catch your engine on fire.
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Old 04-28-2017, 07:42 PM   #3
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If worry could spontaniously combust...we're head on a 25 day trip soon.

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Old 04-28-2017, 08:27 PM   #4
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I actually have this tiny co2 extinguisher that is completely inadequate, so that's something I need to deal with too. It's always good to have several decent sized co2 extinguishers on hand. The larger ones can be recharged.
I haven't ever shopped for fire extinguishers before. Amazon, here I come.
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Old 04-28-2017, 09:49 PM   #5
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We had halon in the army. Supposed to leave no residue but i think they are a little pricey.

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The halon suffocate anyone caught in the area. I've only seen those in server rooms. But yes, I guess they'd be good for a bus fire if you could get them. I didn't even think of that.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:36 PM   #7
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The halon suffocate anyone caught in the area. I've only seen those in server rooms. But yes, I guess they'd be good for a bus fire if you could get them. I didn't even think of that.
I thought halon had been EPA'd out of existence?

"While the production of Halon ceased on January 1, 1994, under the Clean Air Act, it is still legal to purchase and use recycled Halon and Halon fire extinguishers. In fact, the FAA continues to recommend Halon fire extinguishers for aircraft."
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is the engine compartment tight enough for CO2 to work? there is cleanuo with an ABC but it snuffs out a fire on top which is usually where you first see it, and on a gas engine the mnost likely place for a fire is on top.. (fuel leak at the carb)..

I carry 2 ABC fire extuingishers in my bus.. 5 pounders.. i thought about 10s but figured they might be harder to handle in an emergency situation..

I dont figure im going to be able to put out a larger fire, however If i can slow the fire down until the fire dept arrives.. or slow it down enough that i can enter the bus and recover my belongings then its done its job.

if something goes eniough wrong that I have a fire, i figure im not going to be able to drive away so at that point the cleanup is not really a factor

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My understanding is that an ABC extinguisher would put out a petroleum fire very well. The CO2 extinguisher would normally be best for an electrical fire.

I agree if there's a fire I'm grabbing my valuables first, then attempt to put out the fire.
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Maybe i'll see about one of each?

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