Re: [DML] Re: Importance of a Fire Extinguisher
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Re: [DML] Re: Importance of a Fire Extinguisher

Where I live a fire extinguisher is mandated by law. Your car will not pass 
it's annual inspection if you don't have one. Additionally the extinguisher 
must be inspected every year to make sure it is still operational.
Many people see this this as an inconvenience and a way to get more money 
from car owners - a tax. But when a car catches fire it's amazing to see all 
of the drivers around running to put the fire out.
The minimum size required by law is 1kg which is about enough to put out a 
smoking ashtray. But, with every car having one there's always enough 
extinguishers to put out almost every car fire.
I carry two 1kg extinguishers in my car. Better safe than sorry!

Greetings from Poland!
Tom Niemczewski
Vin 6149 plus 2418, 3633, 5030, 16473, 17086
Google earth: 52°25'17.66"N, 21° 1'58.40"E

From: "nk1165" <nkemp@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:03 AM
To: <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [DML] Re: Importance of a Fire Extinguisher

> The point about the fire extinguisher is WELL taken.
> Another point related to your story is that those plastic fuel lines
> will not last forever. They are subject to heat, vibration, varying
> pressure, atmospheric pollutants and maybe some poor handling as part of 
> engine maintenance. Just like we were encouraged to update the relays to 
> prevent fires, it may be worth while updating fuel lines to prevent fires.
> Nick
> 897 ... with updated fuel lines...and a fire extinguisher!
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Kevin Abato <delorean@...> wrote:
>> When I bought my car in 2001, I made sure to put a fire extinguisher in 
>> it.
>> You hear random stories of electrical or engine fires and how important 
>> it
>> is to be ready.   You may or may not put one into your car and always 
>> hope
>> you will never encounter a situation where you might need it.   Today was
>> NOT that day.
>> On my way with several other Deloreans to do some volunteer service 
>> giving
>> rides to children with cancer at a special camp in NY State, a startling
>> sight appeared in front of my eyes.   The Delorean in front of me rounded
>> the corner and started the last stretch of road about ½ mile from our
>> destination.   I instantly saw flames coming up from the engine 
>> compartment
>> on his car!   Unaware of what was happening due to a visual obstruction 
>> on
>> the back of his car I started to honk my horn, flash my lights, and wave 
>> him
>> over to the side of the road.
>> Once stopped, I hopped out of my car, popped the bonnet and grabbed my 12
>> year old fire extinguisher.   At the same time, another owner in the car
>> behind me did the same thing.   As we ran to the car with the fire, we 
>> both
>> pulled the pin and sprayed the engine compartment.   My extinguisher 
>> worked,
>> the other did not since it has accidentally discharged once before.
>> The fire was quickly contained and only minor damage occurred to the car.
>> The root cause appeared to be a ruptured fuel line that spit gas onto the
>> engine and ignited into flames.  A few hoses and wires were melted, but 
>> the
>> overall outcome was a happy one where nobody was hurt, and the car was 
>> not
>> heavily damaged.   Thankfully we had something to extinguish the fire!
>> It's important to always keep a fire extinguisher in your car and check 
>> it
>> at least once per year.    It's a small investment that can save you and
>> your car!
>> Kevin Abato
>> Vin# 16680
>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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