Fire Extinguisher Location

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Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by pbar » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:52 am

Just wondering where you guys locate your fire extinguisher, if you carry one that is. Usually have one in the boot, but have often thought it's not the best place, if you need it, then you need it quickly, and jumping out of the car, remembering your keys and fumbling to unlock the boot, perhaps in the dark, makes it not the best location.

I test drove a Capri some years ago and this had one at the driver's footwell, screwed to the side, great place but just didn't look/feel right.

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by D366Y » Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:23 am

pbar wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:52 am
Just wondering where you guys locate your fire extinguisher, if you carry one that is. Usually have one in the boot, but have often thought it's not the best place, if you need it, then you need it quickly, and jumping out of the car, remembering your keys and fumbling to unlock the boot, perhaps in the dark, makes it not the best location.

I test drove a Capri some years ago and this had one at the driver's footwell, screwed to the side, great place but just didn't look/feel right.
I've seen a few with them screwed to the side of the footwell, seen another screwed to the bottom of the glove box as well. The only other place I could thing is (depending on size) whether you could fit one below the door shut along the sill next to the seat?
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by pbar » Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:34 am

Thanks Danny. I have toyed with the idea of under the driver's seat or behind in the rear somewhere but within reach, just doesn't seem to be enough room!

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by andyd » Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:47 am

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The only other place I could thing is (depending on size) whether you could fit one below the door shut along the sill next to the seat?
That's where I would put one if enough space. I have a plastic takeaway container there to put my airfreshner and other small bits in :)

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Bug » Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:59 am

Seen a few on the passenger side of the transmission tunnel.
Some of them work equally well when still attached to their mounting bracket, so you could look at using Velcro to secure it to the carpet?
If it was down low the floor would take the weight and if you needed it quickly then it wouldn't matter whether it came out of the bracket or the whole thing just came away together.
That way it's not a permanent fit and you could stick it away in the boot at a show, for example, to keep your interior looking mint.

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Peter-S » Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:15 pm

I guess it depends how big it is - are they a standard size? I don't know.
I have one in the 2.8 and it just lays on the floor on the right of the driver's seat. There's just enough room and as it fits fairly snuggly I've not secured it but it doesn't move.

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Jasonmarie » Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:15 pm

That’s a very good question and funny i remember seeing yours Peter in the front . But mine is in the boot . Where I keep them all my vehicles.
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Post by Major_Tom » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:28 am

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by D366Y » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:47 am

That looks like a perfect place Tom.

Can I also take the time to comment on your mint interior? Particularly on what I assume must be the original giraffe print(?) arm rest cover. Mine came with write rhino skin but a previous owner took it off which is a shame - impossible to come by again.
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Major_Tom » Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:16 pm

pbar wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:52 am
Usually have one in the boot, but have often thought it's not the best place, if you need it, then you need it quickly, and jumping out of the car, remembering your keys and fumbling to unlock the boot, perhaps in the dark, makes it not the best location
Yeah and if you get hit from behind, at any speed, its a near certainty the boot wont open :?
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Mc Tool » Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:09 pm

I think it needs a proper retainer , having just ploughed into a stationary vehicle at about 70 km/h I can tell you normal things turn into missiles , Id be surprised if you could even find that extinguisher :) , and give some thought to stuff stored behind you.....like dont leave it on the back seat or in the boot area in coupe style cars ( my prosthetic leg wound up on the dash.....between the air bags ). In my opinion the best place is firmly attached to the trans tunnel just behind the hand brake ,that way a hit from any direction is unlikely to leave it inaccessible
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Maybe double straps is a wee bit overkill for a small extinguisher.
Same goes for pets ,last thing you need is fido in the back of the head breaking your neck . :)
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Major_Tom » Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:01 pm

Mc Tool wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:09 pm
I think it needs a proper retainer , having just ploughed into a stationary vehicle at about 70 km/h I can tell you normal things turn into missiles, give some thought to stuff stored behind you.....like dont leave it on the back seat or in the boot area in coupe style cars ( my prosthetic leg wound up on the dash.....
Yes its got to be properly attached.. but I think I might get some of those straps as extra insurance. But its also important to ensure its easy to get out in a crisis. How many passengers have failed to work out the Capri handle on the way to get tea and cakes? When the adrenaline is pumping, lots of parts of the brain turn off and the most simple challenge can be baffling.

I guess thats why those claymore mines have "front towards enemy" stamped on them, as in the midst of the fight for life logic centres turn off and the processing power is reduced.
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by tejb1 » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:09 pm

Mine is currently mounted in the boot, but I take your points. The rear footwell behind me is filled with a rolled-up waterproof and jumper all the time, so I could stick it under there without too much difficulty. (I never have rear seat passengers).

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:49 pm

Hmmm... maybe its time I got a fire extinguisher!!!
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Mc Tool » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:23 pm

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:49 pm
Hmmm... maybe its time I got a fire extinguisher!!!
Ya know , when it comes to personal safety your probably better off without one .
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:09 pm

Mc Tool wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:23 pm
Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:49 pm
Hmmm... maybe its time I got a fire extinguisher!!!
Ya know , when it comes to personal safety your probably better off without one .


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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Mc Tool » Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:27 am

Nah , I mean if its not there in the car its never going to become a missile , and supposing you survive any impact that may be the cause of a fire you not going to get all heroic and try to recover an extinguisher from a burning vehicle to put it out ......not a perfect theory :xd: ....... specially if any fire starts real small and there would have been time to get to an extinguisher should one have been available. My boat was festooned with extinguishers, if you can't swim you kinda short on options if you torch your boat ( I can swim......real well 🏆...Dianne ......not so much ⚓)
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Major_Tom » Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:08 am

Sure, but if I come across an upside down vehicle with somebody stuck in it and it's started to go up, it'd be nice to try and save the poor fuckers, rather than watching them die in one of the worst ways imaginable.
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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by pbar » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:39 am

Thanks very much for all the replies, good food for thought. I never realised there was that much space next to the driver's seat and the door, nice idea with the knick-knack tray Andy.

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Re: Fire Extinguisher Location

Post by Jasonmarie » Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:25 pm

Just to throw a spanner in the works the little fire extinguishers we all have only last 10 secs top and that’s not going to put out a fag .
But these last 100secs and will sit at the side of your seat .

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