Originally Posted by Bowtie Jim
I also installed a CO 2 detector . Can't hurr.
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.
All to protect a space three paces across by seven paces long.
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.
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.
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.
Preventing is easier than replacing.
(Or, in millennial-speak -- 'more easy')