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Old 08-02-2021, 11:57 AM   #1
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Check your Fire extinguisher

This topic should have discussed before but I'm bringing it up anyways.. Mine is next the door 6 ft. from stove. Walk past it constantly. I happened to check the date on it out of curiosity.
2001.
Original to my 2002 travel trailer.
I bought it last year before the covid hit from the original owner and I'm sure he never even thought about getting a new one after 8-10 years.
I'm picking a new one up tomorrow.
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Say it again and louder. Have some long time friends that recently lost their DP due to a fire. Had been in the repair shop for electrical work and went up in flames the first night out. Everyone escaped unharmed but lost everything. Smoke detectors re an annoyance but like fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors they are there to protect YOU.
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We even added the mini smoke detectors in our storage bays.
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Not only check the date but take it out of it's holder and shake it once in a while. Even gentle taps with a rummer mallet won't hurt. The dry powder chemical in the extinguisher can settle after a period of time and not be effective as long as you'd expect.
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Old 08-02-2021, 02:08 PM   #5
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I replace them every couple years expired or not. Same with smoke and CO detectors. This year I added a couple extra CO detectors just because. I also try and buy two different brands just in case one brand is defective.

But if there is more than a small grease fire I'm getting everyone out, people and cats, and watching it burn to the ground from a safe distance.
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Further info; Kidde has a recall. Check their web page.
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Yes - post about fire extinguishers regularly. They get no where near the love that they deserve.
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I also installed a CO 2 detector . Can't hurr.
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I also installed a CO 2 detector . Can't hurr.
Hopefully you installed a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. CO2 is carbon dioxide and although it has a bad rep due to global warming it is not poisonous as CO is.
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I also installed a CO 2 detector . Can't hurr.
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We have two smoke detectors from different manufacturers.
We have two CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors from different manufacturers.
We have four (4) big honking commercial extinguishers.
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All to protect a space three paces across by seven paces long.
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About 1998 or so, we were on Interstate Five between Redding and Sacramento.
A nice spring morning, we were puttering along in the slow lane at 52mph with our windows down.
We were passed by a pickup truck with three antique restored motorcycles tied in the bed.
An astonishing amount of heat slammed me... twenty feet away and 20mph difference in velocity.
I looked over at the pickup to see a blinding pure-white ball of fire -- just maybe three inches across -- on the front of the steel bed under the rear window.
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I pulled into the fast lane, honking the air-horn and flashing my high-beams.
The pickup operator pulled off on the gravel, and got out to check the bikes...
In six seconds, the vehicle was engulfed in a blaze.
In twenty seconds, everything was unrecognizable..
We found out the passenger -- on the way to a big-bux auction south of frisco -- flicked a cigarette out the window.
The draft pulled it into a stash of solvent-soaked towels.
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Lessons from Mister Earnest Riley in tenth-grade Auto Shop in 1968:
* solvent-soaked anything goes in an air-tight red canister engineered to hold solvent-soaked anything
* everything on and in a vehicle is petroleum-based -- insulation, wiring, upholstery -- and seems eager to ignite
* fuel burns, tires burn, aluminum burns
If a vehicle is on fire, expect a total loss.
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Preventing is easier than replacing.
(Or, in millennial-speak -- 'more easy')
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Keep in mind those tiny 2.5# "fire extinguishers" are not designed to put out a fire. They are designed to knock down a fire long enough to ESCAPE with your life.
For your edification, look up Mac the Fire Guy's utube videos.
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Further info; Kidde has a recall. Check their web page.
When the Kidde recall came out I checked our fire extinguishers. We had 5 between my house, her 5th wheel, my DP and the boat. 4 were replaced at no cost. Only 1 was not included in the recall. Would be wise to check.
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I bought it last year before the covid hit from the original owner and I'm sure he never even thought about getting a new one after 8-10 years.
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