|Forum topic by Whiskers||posted 03-27-2014 04:11 AM||1042 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
03-27-2014 04:11 AM
Okay guys, I know there are a few firemen type out there but yall really dropped the ball when this topic was brought up in previous posts. Let us not discuss whether one should have a Fire Extinguisher in the shop, that is a given, and lets please not repeat that long lame ass post about fire prevention and explosive dusts and other explosive anything, hell if explosive anything is involved I just hope I am able to scream and run fleeing in terror.
I want a simple thing, a Fire Extinguisher that will put out a ordinary fire, is rechargeable, and affordable. In the past you could get them recharged by local fire departments, maybe you still can in some locals. Where I live I ran into a boy in that department at the HD who works as a volunteer fireman for my locale, and he said they don’t do that, but they do take them in and trade them like they do propane tanks. It free, you give up a dead one, they give you a recharged one. OK, I guess I can live with that.
They live a long time anyway. Or should, the cheap ones that aren’t rechargeable do not live very long. I’ve learned that the hard way.
Now there are 2 common brands out there and I want to know if there anything I should know before selecting a brand or type. I am of course looking at the common dry chemical ABC types that make a big bloody mess if you ever have to use them, and are dead once used. HD sells Kidde, and they have a 4 Lb unit that is $40 and is a aluminum tank. Lowes carries First Alert Brand and they sell a 5 LB unit that is $30 in a Steel Tank. The rating on them both is 2-A:10-B:C. Anyone want to explain what the heck that rating means? Shouldn’t the 5 LB unit have a higher rating, or is that a sign the First Alert isn’t as efficient. Should I care if the tank is aluminum or steel? One other difference is the First Alert unit does not come with a wall mounting bracket but the Kidde has a cheap flimsy plastic bracket. I’m not concerned with that as I can easily rig something up.
Is there anything really tangible about fire extinguishers that I should know before buying one, and for god sake please stay on topic for once. No freaking out over whether dust collectors have explosive dust, or fire prevention etc.