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Forum topic by richgreer posted 04-19-2010 05:48 PM 1967 views 4 times favorited 84 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richgreer

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04-19-2010 05:48 PM

I believe the risk of a fire in the workshop is low but I also believe it is real. Therefore, I keep a fire extinguisher in a convenient location in my workshop.

I’m curious – How many people keep a fire extinguisher in their shop?

Perhaps, because of this post, someone will say, “Yea – I should get a fire extinguisher”.

IMHO – Ever shop should have one.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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Gary

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 05:58 PM

got two in my shop

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 05:59 PM

forgot to add…seems like one of them is always covered up with something

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 05:59 PM

I keep a fire extinguisher, flash light and first aid kit. I’ve used the flash light (power went out) and the first aid kit (cut finger – minor) but not the extinguisher yet.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 04-19-2010 06:01 PM

I have three in my shop. My basement shop is a combination woodshop with a few metal wroking tools, all the usual wood working tools. My fire extingushers are located next to the metal lathe, one next to the milling machine, and one by my workbench. I believe they should be a must in any shop. I also have a phone in the shop which I believe should be a must as well, if you have to call for help it could save your life.

-- Ray

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#5 posted 04-19-2010 06:02 PM

Rich;

We have fire extinguishers everywhere on ranch. Two in the workshop, one in the barn, one in horse barn tack room and a second outside unused horse stall we keep baled hay in. Have one in our indoor kitchen and one in the outdoor kitchen.

We do our best to keep the workshop as clean as possible to avoid any issue but, you never know. Want to be prepared just in case the worst might happen.

Great subject and it spur others who don’t have extinguishers in key places.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 06:08 PM

I have been a firefighter for 18 years. Get at least one extingusher.

-- Alex

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#7 posted 04-19-2010 06:10 PM

I have two in my shop but an additional question might be asked…............

How often are they checked to make sure they are still charged and effective?

Very important…..........IMO

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#8 posted 04-19-2010 06:11 PM

In response to brunob, I also keep a flashlight and a first aid kit in my workshop. Unfortunately, I have had to use the first aid kit a couple of times (nothing serious). I have also used the flashlight but not in an emergency situation. Sometimes a flashlight is just what you need to see something clearly. DeWalt offers a great flashlight that uses their regular 18 volt battery. I bought it without a battery for less than $20. I already have 4 of those batteries and 2 chargers.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 04-19-2010 06:18 PM

forgot to add…seems like one of them is always covered up with something

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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lumberdustjohn

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#10 posted 04-19-2010 06:18 PM

I have three.

1) co2 close to the torch tank
2) dry powder. close to the entrance doors.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Fireguy

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#11 posted 04-19-2010 06:21 PM

Majeagle1, for a commercial building, code (in this area) requires they are tested once per year. There is no code for residential for fire extinguishers. If you have a small wall mounted extinguisher it should be ok for a few years but is would buy a new one every year and rotate towards the garbage.

-- Alex

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#12 posted 04-19-2010 06:49 PM

They should be hanging in plain sight near the room’s Exit. In commersial buildings the fire dept. will inspect the tags to make sure they have been serviced wiithin the last year. The cheap ones can be serviced sometimes but most servicers recommend you don’t. Just replace them every few years.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#13 posted 04-19-2010 06:49 PM

Four in total. The shop’s not that large but there are 2 walls that keep me from getting easily from one area to another so I doubled up.

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#14 posted 04-19-2010 07:00 PM

What type and or brand??

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#15 posted 04-19-2010 07:00 PM

I was a volunteer firefighter.

I’ve got a BIG extinguisher … with a virtual BILLBOARD that says “FIRE EXTINGUISHER,” and has an arrow, pointing right to it.

I forget the numbers, but it’s pretty high on the A, B, AND C ratings.

No reason not to…..

-- -- Neil

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