Where's the Fire Extinguisher?

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Blog entry by Obi posted 02-07-2007 12:34 AM 1347 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After the shop catches fire, everything else seems to be a bit boring. I took the afternoon off, after putting out the fire in the table saw. Fortunately, there was a fire extinguisher hanging in the garage, or I’d have had to go for the fire hose. Nobody smokes, and with all the Safety comments concerning eyes ears and fingers, this one seemed to escape me.

Wasn’t a short, thank God. But somehow even though I clean out the table saw probably once a week, the sawdust in the corners, milling a rough piece of oak shaving one strip at a time, I finished and shut off the saw and as I walked past the flames caught my eye.

The most serious word in a wood shop …”FIRE!” Not only can someone get ingured or even killed, but your building and all of your tools can burn to the ground. In a situation where you don’t have insurance you could easily lose everything.

I’m insured. But in the time it took me to notice, I could have just as easily not noticed.


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#1 posted 02-07-2007 12:41 AM

My fire extinguisher is shown here in the last photo.

But this really disturbs me, Obi.

You haven’t said what caused the fire. Where exactly did it occur? Yikes – this does make me very nervous!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 02-07-2007 12:46 AM

I’m sorry, it started in the table saw. and I can only think that it was started from friction.

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#3 posted 02-07-2007 12:53 AM

Rushing down to my shop to clean out my tables saw – were you cutting anything with metal, i.e. hidden nails, aluminum etc?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 02-07-2007 12:55 AM

Nope. I had a piece of rough 2” oak. It was out of square, so I was shaving one side at a time, I’m thinking maybe a piece got caught between the blade and just got hot enough to smolder, and then poof… “Flame On!”

The good thing was that I could remove 6 screws and take the panel off and see everything inside it.

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#5 posted 02-07-2007 01:02 AM

I did a dumb thing once. I was sharpening some chisels with my belt sander. I had my DC hooked to it. All of a sudden my shop filled with smoke. My DC bag had a smoldering fire with no flames. I disconnected the bag, & took it outside. That was to close for comfort.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 02-07-2007 01:03 AM

Good fortune you caught it. Very scary situation, think I’ll get an exterguisher!

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#7 posted 02-07-2007 01:16 AM

thank goodness you and your shop are all ok.
I’m guessing that the Universe, working in its mysterious way, used this moment, when you were paying attention, to save someone in the future. Someone reading this or hearing your story is now buying a fire extinguisher or is cleaning out the sawdust that would otherwise have started a fire.
Thank you for sharing this story!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 02-07-2007 03:20 AM

Obi; Glad everyone and everything is OK.

Your story reminds me of a story about fire extinguisher. I was driving down the road coming home from work and a Corvair Van was on fire on the side of the road. They had a problem because they were air cooled and they leaked oil bad.

The next night my wife and I were going to the store and a cab over truck was pulled over to the side of the road and he had an engine fire.

I told my wife maybe we should purchase a few extinguishers. So we bought one for each car and a couple for the home.

Two days later I came home and my wife was carrying the baby out of the house with a fire extinguisher in her arms. We had an electric stove and she had set a stack of paper plates on the stove as she was unpacking the groceries. The baby was crying so she turned on the burner and put a dish to heat up the baby bottle. Unfortunately the burner was under the paper plates.

Everything was fine, but maybe your warning will cause a few other people to update the fire prevention plans.

Thanks be to God, you are safe.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 02-07-2007 03:45 AM

And Dick … ”I did a dumb thing once.” Good thing you only did a dumb thing once. I wish I could say that. LOL

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#10 posted 02-07-2007 03:00 PM

Remindes me of a dumb thing I did only once…

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#11 posted 03-07-2007 09:26 AM, in the last picture ( must be something about the last picture, eh Don) you can see my fire extinguisher on the window ledge.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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