Looking for recommendations on the best fire extinguishers to have at your pits, Thanks
What he said. Doesn’t matter how many fire extinguishers you have if you don’t know how to use them properly. I’ve watched firefighters on fire engines fail to extinguish vehicle fires with 500 gallons of water and foam and they are supposed to be trained professionals.We run 2 Cold fire 2.5 gal and 2 20 lb purple minimum in every truck. We try to double that if possible when we fuel. Plus in fuel trucks we can reload the cold fire if we use as we have for another racer. You never can have enough fire extinguishers or properly trained users. We have watched many teams have a 5lb for fuel stop and fire starts and it laughs at a poorly used 5 lb extinguisher. We have put out 4 fuel fires ( on other cars) in recent years with under 20lbs.
You’ve said it before, and @ndvalium has done it at races before. Given classes on fire extinguisher use and etc.said it before, score, more , bitd , ultra 4 should have a basic fire fighting course for any team wanting to attend, the worst thing to watch is someone with a 5lb reading the instructions while the fire gets up to speed, another cheap extinguisher are buckets of powdery sand, helps cover& cool hot parts& smother fumes, Any one can toss dirt, be safe
Unmanned extinguishers right next to the vehicle is a common mistake. People underestimate how hot that fire is and their ability to get to an extinguisher.What is the most common mistake that leads to a fire in the pits and what is the most common mistake that leads to a fire on a moving vehicle. I’ve heard fuel hitting the rotors or a turbo is a major culprit.
Like to point out what the numbers mean. A 2A,6B,C extinguisher has been tested and for use by an average person will be able to extinguish 2 cubic feet of an ordinary or common combustible like wood or fabric, be able to extinguish 6 square feet of fire on a flammable liquid bed, and is usable on electrical fires as the extinguishing agent does not conduct electricity. It is not successful on combustible metal fires as those are class 'D'.Kidde Pro Plus 20 MP 6-A;120-B:C Fire Extinguisher-468003 - The Home Depot
or 2 of these for about the same price Kidde PRO 460 4A:60B:C Fire Extinguisher-21029296 - The Home Depot
The B rating is what puts out fuel/oil fires