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Discussion in 'General Cars' started by norseman, 11 Aug 2019.

  1. norseman

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    Hi folks
    Now for a really silly question :cautious:
    I've recently purchased a fire extinguisher for the car & the operating lever is not only protected from accidental discharge by a clip but also a fine wire with a small lead seal.
    Am I right in thinking this wire is designed to break if the extinguisher is needed or should I remove the seal ahead of the event?
    Thanks for any replies (tongue-in-cheek or otherwise)
     
  2. EddieM

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    Yes, it will break with a sharp squeeze.
     
  3. norseman

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    Many thanks for such a prompt reply. I had assumed as much, but then assumptions can be dangerous!
     
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    The other purpose of the seal is so the user can have confidence, provided thats its in date, that they have a working extinguisher
     
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    Thank you, that's a good point.
    One accessory you hope never to need, but dirt cheap if you do !
     
  6. JBR

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    Well, in theory! I have two dry powder extinguishers - with seals - never used, yet when I came to try one out...
    nothing. No pressure, so no powder. So I tried the other one: exactly the same.

    I suppose it's buy cheap, buy again.
     
  7. Harry Bloomfield

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    What does the gauge on them say?
     
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    Empty.
    And before you ask, I have only had them for a few months. Certainly less than a year.
    The brand is 'Fireblitz' of Erith, Kent.
    Yes, I've never heard of them either.
     
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    I have one in my garage, it still shows in the green, after 15 years..
     
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    I have heard of them, but not made any purchases. Certainly worth going back as the extinguishers will still be under warranty & as Harry said the pressure should hold good for decades. I got mine off the 'Bay, Kite marked etc.
     
  11. JBR

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    Thanks for the advice.
    Unfortunately, they probably won't entertain me for two reasons:
    - I have no proof of the date of purchase; and
    - when I tested each of them, I removed the seals and pressed the triggers.
    They'll just say that I have used them!
     
  12. Harry Bloomfield

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    You could say you had a fire and tried to use them, neither worked and you had to extinguish with a hose.
     
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    I could, but I'm just too honest. Honest John, honest as the day is long.
     
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    That's to your credit, I'm much the same but there is the odd occasion when I think … :unsure:
     
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