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Old 10-11-12, 03:35 PM   #21
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Looks like the most engines that develped fire are petrol ones!!!!
Actually before electricity came to this area all waterpumps where powered by diesels and in summer on really hot days my dad remembers many a diesel engine burning. We're talking around the 40-45 degrees celsius which is 104-113 Fahrenheit
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Old 11-11-12, 07:57 PM   #22
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Actually before electricity came to this area all waterpumps where powered by diesels and in summer on really hot days my dad remembers many a diesel engine burning. We're talking around the 40-45 degrees celsius which is 104-113 Fahrenheit
In malta the temp in the summer and in the sun will be around 60 degrees celsius.......
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Old 12-11-12, 04:12 PM   #23
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Good point Peter. I never considered taking an extiguisher to a rally.
Several rallies mention on the entry form that an extinguisher must be in prominence alongside the engine, very rare that they are though and nobody queries it. Usually have one by my chair, or in the back of my van if it is with my exhibit.

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Old 12-11-12, 05:09 PM   #24
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I started dragging an extinguisher around when I first showed the L'boro because it is a gas engine, although it's probably no greater risk than any other.

I always have extinguishers to hand in the garage and workshop - it's so easy to start a fire, and so much to lose if a little flame is allowed to develop into an inferno!

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Old 26-01-13, 03:30 AM   #25
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Having done fire course's at work I consider it a rule of thumb to have a good quality fire extinguisher alongside my exhibits and always have. Personally I think it should be mandatory and the safety officers at rallies should enforce it. It is after all far too easy for someone to get burned as a result of a fire. It doesn't have to be one of us engine men but quite easily a member of the public that gets hurt.
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Old 26-01-13, 03:39 AM   #26
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Don't think there is a fire extinguisher in the shed where I work on engines.
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Old 26-01-13, 04:41 AM   #27
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Do I need a trip over there to give you guys a few fire fighting tips and what types of fire extinguisher to use on the different classes of fire

Here is a freebie

Choosing Fire Extinguishers

Identify the type of materials in the area
Class A: SOLIDS such as paper, wood, plastic etc
Class B: FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS such as paraffin, petrol, oil etc
Class C: FLAMMABLE GASES such as propane, butane, methane etc
Class D: METALS such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium etc
Class E: Fires involving ELECTRICAL APPARATUS
Class F: Cooking OIL & FAT etc
Types of fire extinguisher

9L water fire extinguisher Water Fire Extinguishers:
The cheapest and most widely used fire extinguishers. Used for Class A fires. Not suitable for Class B (Liquid) fires, or where electricity is involved.

AFFF foam fire extiguishers Foam Fire Extinguishers:
More expensive than water, but more versatile. Used for Classes A & B fires. Foam spray extinguishers are not recommended for fires involving electricity, but are safer than water if inadvertently sprayed onto live electrical apparatus.

Dry Powder fire extinguishers Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers:
Often termed the ‘multi-purpose’ extinguisher, as it can be used on classes A, B & C fires. Best for running liquid fires (Class B). Will efficiently extinguish Class C gas fires, BUT BEWARE, IT CAN BE DANGEROUS TO EXTINGUISH A GAS FIRE WITHOUT FIRST ISOLATING THE GAS SUPPLY. Special powders are available for class D metal fires.

Warning: when used indoors, powder can obscure vision or damage goods and machinery. It is also very messy.

CO2 fire xtinguishers CO2 Fire Extinguishers:
Carbon Dioxide is ideal for fires involving electrical apparatus, and will also extinguish class B liquid fires, but has NO POST FIRE SECURITY and the fire could re-ignite.

Wet chemical
Specialist extinguisher for class F fires.

For Metal Fires: A specialist fire extinguisher for use on Class D fires - metal fires such as sodium, lithium, manganese and aluminium when in the form of swarf or turnings.

Colour Coding

Prior to 1st Jan 1997, the code of practice for fire extinguishers in the UK was BS 5423, which advised the colour coding of fire extinguishers as follows:

Water - Red

Foam - Cream

Dry Powder - Blue

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - Black

Halon - Green (now 'illegal' except for a few exceptions such as the Police, Armed Services and Aircraft).

New extinguishers should conform to BS EN 3, which requires that the entire body of the extinguisher be coloured red. A zone of colour of up to 5% of the external area can be used to identify the contents using the old colour coding shown above.

I am a Station officer in the New Zealand Fire Service but I have looked at your standards and very similar to ours in NZ hope it helps

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Old 26-01-13, 02:29 PM   #28
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So class B and class C are the ones I Will chose.
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Old 26-01-13, 02:34 PM   #29
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For Metal Fires: A specialist fire extinguisher for use on Class D fires - metal fires such as sodium, lithium, manganese and aluminium when in the form of swarf or turnings.
Magnesium?
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Old 26-01-13, 04:32 PM   #30
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I carry a couple of dry powder ones in the camper... thanks for the reminder Peter... they are just five years old now.

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