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22Randy
09-13-2015, 01:57 PM
Not mine but my neighbors.

My wife and I were sitting outside the other evening and our next-door neighbor was working on his tractor when all of a sudden there was a tremendous explosion. We started running to his house fully expecting to find him dead or at least badly injured but miraculously he was calmly walking away from the tractor. The tractor wasn't so lucky though, we could see it was on fire. While my wife called 911, I grabbed a couple of extinguishers out of the boat and headed over.

It probably took no more than a minute to get there but by then the tractor was engulfed and the flames were into the trees above. Thank goodness they were still green and didn't ignite easily or our house would have been at risk. Between myself and the neighbors son we were able to knock the fire down and get it out but it was one heck of a frightening experience there for a few minutes. The fire department arrived right after and made sure everything was okay. They checked our neighbor out and somehow he hadn't been hurt at all, his glasses protected his eyes and all he lost was some hair on his arms and face.

I learned a couple of things about these small extinguishers though. They are really effective but they also have a really, really small capacity, I don't think we got more than 3 to 5 seconds out of them before you are left standing there with an empty bottle. Not a happy feeling when the fire is not completely out. They saved the day for us but I'm going to be investing in something with a lot more capacity if I can find it.




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oldtanker
09-13-2015, 02:21 PM
WOW! Good thing you were home. They do make them bigger. I have a couple of the smaller ones like you used and I have several 8 to 10 pounders for around the machinery. They cost a little more but they can save the day.

Good job in responding like you did! Glad the guy wasn't seriously injured!

Any idea what caused it to go up like it did?

Rick

ccjersey
09-13-2015, 03:40 PM
Good job! Just shows what you can do if you have an extinguisher handy when you need one.

There are several new types of extinguishers on the market now. One of them is fire freeze additive for water extinguishers
Http://www.firefreeze.com/products
The loss prevention agent from our workman's comp carrier first showed us an ad for this stuff. I need to look into this myself because I carry both a large ABC rated extinguisher and a 2.5 gallon water/compressed air extinguisher on my combine. I have been using a little detergent in the water to supposedly aid in suppressing the fire over plain water, but that is just here-say that it may help.

I got a lesson in the importance of having a water extinguisher available a couple years ago when we had a bearing go out in the transmission of a tractor and it got hot and ignited the oil. Operator stopped and called for help. As each person arrived they brought another 10 pound ABC rated extinguisher which put out the fire for a minute only to have it reignite. After discharging a half dozen canisters into this fire, it was finally stopped by throwing water on it and cooling the site down. The end result was a repairable tractor vs scrap iron.

I cannot find the website of the other type extinguisher at the moment. It is an aerosol type material that seemed similar to the halon type extinguishers that used to be available. High performance but high cost as I remember.

7upuller
09-13-2015, 04:03 PM
Hey Gang,

Fires are popping up all over in the west. One of my previous employees lost everything last night in the MiddleTown Fire. 1000's of structures lost. 5408754086

MARCOTEN
09-13-2015, 04:05 PM
good tip !! we should better put fire extinguishers on all our machines !
who has on on his old Caterpillar??

22Randy
09-13-2015, 04:11 PM
WOW! Good thing you were home. They do make them bigger. I have a couple of the smaller ones like you used and I have several 8 to 10 pounders for around the machinery. They cost a little more but they can save the day.

Good job in responding like you did! Glad the guy wasn't seriously injured!

Any idea what caused it to go up like it did?

Rick


Not for certain but I've got a pretty good idea what happened. It would only run for a minute or so and then stall like it was out of gas so he was checking for a blockage in the gas line. He had disconnected the hose a couple of times and probably spilled some gas on top of the motor at some point and then when he went to start it a spark from the starter or a leaking plug wire ignited it.

mrsmackpaul
09-13-2015, 06:43 PM
Hey Gang,

Fires are popping up all over in the west. One of my previous employees lost everything last night in the MiddleTown Fire. 1000's of structures lost. 5408754086

Yeah must be getting bad over there just having breakfast and it was on the TV news stay safe one and all

Paul

ccjersey
09-13-2015, 09:19 PM
Looks like that D3? could have been used to clear a fire break, but I know its often impossible to prepare ahead of time with that kind of explosive fire situation. Much better to save lives than stuff! Hope they were well insured.

I doubt we will ever see that kind of wildfire danger here in the southeastern USA. Guess we will dodge tornadoes and hurricanes instead.

ol Grump
09-14-2015, 06:22 AM
There have been many fires in the western states http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

ronm
09-14-2015, 09:40 AM
The valley here has been smoky for most of the last 2-3 weeks from fires in CA & Washington...500-600 miles away. A lot of wheat stubble that would normally have been burned had to be worked in, as the county had a burn ban on due to the smoke from the other areas...