|Forum topic by dalec||posted 10-17-2009 04:57 PM||2422 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
10-17-2009 04:57 PM
I have just checked my kitchen and garage/shop extinguishers (not rechargeable). Both gauges show that they are still good, but just barely, so replacements will have to be purchased soon.
In the house an ABC rated chemical extinguisher would be fine. These same extinguishers will also work in the shop to cover wood, solvent and electrical fires. My question has to do with what happens after the fire is out. The dry chemicals leave a corrosive residue that if not cleaned up may damage my valued woodworking equipment. Am I better off going with two types of extinguishers in the shop (a ABC rated and a CO2). My logical side says don’t add choices in an emergency, just get something to put any fire out first and figure out how to limit the damage to the equipment later. But the other side of me says, boy those chemicals can make a mess or even permanently damage shiny cast iron tables not to mention electrical contacts.
While on the subject of shop safety, I don’t have a smoke detector in the garage/shop, seems like a good idea. I always clean up after using my ww equipment and usually unplug my equipment as a safety precaution.
Given the dusty environment, will they work when needed and will they trigger an alarm with the dust reaches a certain level? Are there any smoke detectors that work in properly in a dusty shop environment?