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Where should the fire extinguisher?

Well went out and got me a fire extinguisher today for the truck.. just not sure where to put it.. Comes with a mounting bracket and such.. post up pics where you put yours!

Its a 7.75oz First Alert auto extinguisher.. im thinking about getting a second one, but not sure.. let me know what you think....

its rated B and C

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i should get one.

too bad i have 0 space left in the cab!
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Cheap dry powder fire extinguishers are not worth the money you spend on them and leave a big mess. Best to get a real Auto/Airplane HALON fire extinguisher. Works very well on all types of fires and leaves no mess.
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mine is just right behind my drivers seat, get out, hit the tilt and its there. mess or not, its better than nothing..
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Cheap dry powder fire extinguishers are not worth the money you spend on them and leave a big mess. Best to get a real Auto/Airplane HALON fire extinguisher. Works very well on all types of fires and leaves no mess.
Umm, not really. An ABC or BC is perfectly fine and they are worth every dime you spend on them. If your car is on fire, or someone else's car is on fire, the powder you have to clean up is nothing compared the FIRE that it put out. Halon is completely unneccessary in a car and would be a complete waste of money.

Best place to mount it is inside the cab somewhere safe. When I say safe, I mean somewhere that it isn't going to get beat on or have the pin knocked out.
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Hope I am not jacking your thread but where could you mount it in a regular cab? I have a couple but no room to mount it.
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Cheap dry powder fire extinguishers are not worth the money you spend on them and leave a big mess. Best to get a real Auto/Airplane HALON fire extinguisher. Works very well on all types of fires and leaves no mess.
Halon is being phased out in the states (I know NJ for a fact) do to how they extinguish the fire (pretty much depleting the oxygen) and it has been banned from reproduction since like '94 i believe (with the exception of the military)

Also for the most part dry chem isn't that much of a mess to clean up..vacuum or sweep it away...and as fire ranger posted above...i think i'd rather have a repair bill rather than totaling my truck due to fire loss...also the price of halon is just unreal vs the price of an ABC (dry chem).
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For a vehicle, I would recomend a BC rather than an ABC. The chemical power in an ABC can actually be damaging to electronic components and is more difficult to clean up. I would get a BC only.

If you are going to insist on a gaseous extinguisher rather than a podwer, than CO2 is the way to go. But just know that it is limited in its abilities and usually has a bulky expansion bell on the end of the hose.

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as close as possible.. you can't afford to be scrambling, moving stuff around to grab it if you need it.
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For a vehicle, I would recomend a BC rather than an ABC. The chemical power in an ABC can actually be damaging to electronic components and is more difficult to clean up. I would get a BC only.

If you are going to insist on a gaseous extinguisher rather than a power, than CO2 is the way to go. But just know that it is limited in its abilities and usually has a bulky expansion bell on the end of the hose.
True about the ABC...also the CO2 extinguisher can cause a bit more harm to the engine if its just a little battery fire (if used by an unkowning person) oh and not to mention they don't make many small, compact CO2 extinguishers (at least none i know of) lol
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Thanks guys. i was hopin you guys would approve lol... FireRanger- I was hopin you would reply.. Im not sure where im going to mount it yet..
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I keep mine in the driver side jumper seat compartment - since i never use the seat anyway. That way, nothing is gonna bump it and it's easy to access.
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some people pull out the cup holder in the back cover against the wall under the back window and slip the extingusher in there. I know someone on here did it but I don't remember who.
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Putting a fire extinguisher behind a piece of interior trim might look nice but it renders the thing kinda useless don't ya think?
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For a vehicle I'd recommend one of these instead of dry chem

http://www.fireadesource.com/

Rating Note: Our 16 oz. fire extinguishers are rated for Class A and Class B fires. The extinguishers are safe and effective to use on Class C fires involving 12 volt power, such as the electrical systems in cars, boats and RVs. All Class C fires become a Class A or B fire when power is shut off.

After seeing the demo presented to our fire company , we use this in our tanks instead of class A foam.
It's faster , cleaner , and not corrosive.
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Putting a fire extinguisher behind a piece of interior trim might look nice but it renders the thing kinda useless don't ya think?
It sticks out of the cup holder so you reach behind you and there it is, easy to get to.
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ive got it stuck in the rear cup holder right now.. fits perfect.. im thinking bout mounting it on the rear piller between the window and the door..
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Mines mounted to back of the center console.

It's out of the way and still easily accessible.
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I keep mine in the driver side jumper seat compartment - since i never use the seat anyway. That way, nothing is gonna bump it and it's easy to access.
can you bet it'll be easy access when your truck's on fire?
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Yarrrrgghh... another item on my to-do list. Where do you guys buy/order your fire extinguishers at? I need 3, for 3 vehicles :(
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Most that I have seen are mounted to the back wall panel just below the back window


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I know the Halon we use on the ships only work at 900+ degree temps and you have to have an air tight compartment for it to be effective. And from what I can remember, the military (Navy) are the only people authorized to use it because of the toxicity.

Can you mount it on the hump in the floor where the transmission/drive shaft are on the passenger side?

And for those who don't know
Class A fire: anything that burns and leaves ash. Paper, wood, people.

Class B fire: chemical, gas, oil

Class C fire: electrical. (if you turn off the power and the flame doesn't go out, then it's a Class A fire.

Class D fire: metal fires such as magnesium and phosphorous.
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I know the Halon we use on the ships only work at 900+ degree temps and you have to have an air tight compartment for it to be effective. And from what I can remember, the military (Navy) are the only people authorized to use it because of the toxicity.

Can you mount it on the hump in the floor where the transmission/drive shaft are on the passenger side?

And for those who don't know
Class A fire: anything that burns and leaves ash. Paper, wood, people.

Class B fire: chemical, gas, oil

Class C fire: electrical. (if you turn off the power and the flame doesn't go out, then it's a Class A fire.

Class D fire: metal fires such as magnesium and phosphorous.
Unless it's the battery's contents, then it would technically be class B

btw...lmao at your class A description...never thought of it that way.
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just get full coverage and watch the truck burn..... ha
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Unless it's the battery's contents, then it would technically be class B

btw...lmao at your class A description...never thought of it that way.
Haha, yeah it's a different way to explain it. but it's to instill into people that fire doesn't care what it burns
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