[200q20v] fire extinguishers/engine compartment fires

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Wed Nov 21 13:44:25 EST 2001

This is more for V8/200q20v owners than anyone else, but Home Depot
seems to have a good stock of foam fire extinguishers.  These units
have extremely high ratings for class B(grease/gas/etc) fires and a
decent class A(wood/paper/etc)...not appropriate for C class
fires(fine for bose speaker fires, since we're talking low
voltage/current etc; once the radio is off, power's completely cut to
them anyway.)

I can't really say how appropriate it would be for an engine
compartment fire, since I would fathom a guess that the foam has to
be sprayed directly on whatever is burning; this isn't a "stick in
the front grille and squeeze" kind of agent.

Problem is, I just can't see how effective a small gaseous unit would
be either, same with dry chemical.  Any volunteer or pro emergency
personel or track workers who have actually had experience with
engine compartment fires and the best agents to use/how to use them
for the layman?  I've always been told "never, ever open the hood
unless you want your face melted off."

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin
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