Fire Extinguishers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HarryD, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,069

    was wondering how many guys carry these in there trucks or trailers
    the mower Bushhogboy just got if the guy had one it mite not have burned that bad im sure once the hydro tank and gas tank caught fire it burned real good

    im planning on getting one soon for my truck just in case:rolleyes:
     
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    I've had a 10lb ABC in my trucks since 1986. I would like to mount one on the Lazer (a small slim jim) but wonder where I could mount it that it wouldn't get bumped, cooked by the sun, or whatever. Plus with the small size, I wonder what it would do in the first place. I was thinking of putting a nice 20lb mounted on the trailer. If its going to burn, by the time I run back to the truck, it'll be WAY too late. I may get back there in time to prevent a large part of the yard from torching, but to save the mower....I doubt it.

    Still a good Idea to at least have one in each truck. I have mine mounted the the front brackets of my drivers side seat. Out of the way, yet easy to grab in a hurry.
     
  3. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 668

    its a good thing to have i had a craftsman lawn tractor go up in flames once the first thing that i did was graped a gardenhouse b/c it had reached the gass tank i dont recamend doing that thow if you dont brake the stream of water u can have the gass spill and run off into brush and have a huge fire on your hands i put myne out and then whent to the persons door had them call the fire department but thta should be the first thing you do i sust saw the hose and i knew what to do so i did it. but i will always have one around now
     
  4. I have one mounted in truck cab. never used on equipment but on truck had a ps pump seize and catch fire. got it put out quick enough so no additional damage.

    did have hedge trimmers catch fire one time cause I refueled it when hot.:blush:
    small flame put out with my glove.
     
  5. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    I keep them in the truck , in the trailer and on larger pieces of equipment.. I think it s a requirement of the DOT to have one in each truck and trailer ? Even if its' not its just good common sense..
     
  6. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    I think its a must. Just the other day i was helping a buddy out using a 60 inch scag walkbehind, and it caught on fire while i was using it. thank god he had a fire extinguisher in the truck, cause otherwise it wouldve burned to the ground. a couple days in the shop and the mower is up and running again(after $500 in reparis lol)
     
  7. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Always have them mounted in all my trucks and enclosed trailer. Here it's actually DOT law if you are carrying haz-mat. We've only needed one about 6 months ago when we saw a bad accident, a woman in a Toyota rear-ended a Blazer. She really hit it hard. She was dazed, and two guys were trying to get her door open, but it wasn't moving. A small fire had started under the hood, so my friend grabbed the extinguisher and put it out as the other guys got her out. It was good that we were there-everybody that came to help had a cell phone but no extinguisher. Always a good thing to have, even if It's not required by law. Mike
     
  8. kroll

    kroll LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    I keep one in the truck & there is one mounted on the back of seat of my scags.
    Had a prob of bouncing off till I put a zip tie
    aruond it. I figure If I need it that zip tie won't stop me.
     
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Good post, I was going to do a similar one myself, you beat me to it. This is a long post but you should read most of it anyway:

    Weird thing, but just yesterday evening I was puttin around the yard (2 acres) on a old Dynamark lawn tractor of mine and was down by the garden (down hill from the house on other end of the property) and this thing doesn't have a manifold or exhaust anything on it. Well it backfired like crazy that way because the hot raw gas and air were mixing right there and exploding. sounds good that way, but i was down by the garden sitting on it i just idled it down and it died, well i saw smoke up front and looked and the carburetor was on fire! I told my mom and little brother, who were in the garden, to get away, and i ran uphill to the house, got a fire extenguisher and ran all the way back. That took me maybe about 45 seconds to get the extenguisher. Saved it, just a small flame, it turns out that the only thing it did was burn off all the grease and gunk on the outside of the carburetor, it didn't melt the gas line or even the foam air filter. I thought it would blow before I got back but it was fine. I started it up and drove it up to the garage where I put on a muffler to prevent this problem. Got me thinking that it doesnt' take much to catch things on fire, cause i'd been driving this around through tall weeds and a woody area for a good 15 minutes before this happened. Could have caught my neigbor's pasture on fire. I beleive that my Scag caught on fire, not was in a garage or whatever and burned, cause the burned area is in the middle, near the engine. So once I get the Scag done, I will find a way to mount a fire extenguisher, and also on other mowers. Save some money and maybe lives (if something else is on fire nearby). Also always keep built up grass and leaves etc from any and all areas that get hot (muffler, spindles, pulleys, any other friction or heat points and also cooling fins etc. on engines). And shutting your engine down and letting it cool is a good idea too but I rarely give them time to cool, quite often dont' even shut them off :eek: from now on i will since i have two examples of my own to show how fire and lawnmowers don't mix.
    Safety first!
    Eric
     
  10. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    Wow... being new and not knowing a lot about this lawn stuff... I can now finally talk about something I know....

    Fire Extinguisher!!

    This shouldn't be a choice to have one or not to have one. With enclosed trailers you should have one for sure. The fact that the fire WILL spread to all your equipment in no time. The heat from any burning material will increase obviously in a enclosed trailer causing radiant heat to ignight other materials (gas cans, other motors, anything plastic) or melt equipment (seats of those nice Zippidy Z's, plastics on nice trimmers, ect.) On open trailers the heat build up won't be as bad, and having an extinguisher WILL help the spread of fire. I wouldn't have less than a 20 lb ABC extiguisher. ABC will cover all materials we will have on our trailers. You purchase insurance for the "just incases" why wouldn't you spend money, which is not a lot for an extinguisher. The even come with instrutions. And for the one that says it might be to late by the time you get back to your truck, try a smoke detector!!! <grin> Just kidding!!!

    Dave

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