Add A Fire Extinguisher To Your Surf Fishing Gear List
The required gear list for driving on a state park beach doesn’t include a fire extinguisher.
(sept 13, 2021) … Parks should probably start thinking about requiring a fire extinguisher to the necessary gear list. We need a shovel for digging out a vehicle and how often do we actually do that? Many go out there with gas grills and charcoal. A few of my ranger friends have mentioned in the past they would like to see these on the required gear list. We have extinguishers in some of our trucks, but not all of them. These are required on boats for obvious reasons. Except as an old salt told the coast guard one day, “Son Imma just get in the water why sit here and fight a fire?” Unfortunately for beach vehicles unless you want to drive into the ocean or a full swale, you need an ABC rated fire extinguisher. Fire extinguisher ratings are important not all extinguishers will work on a vehicle fire. The ABCs and 123s Of Fire Extinguisher Ratings
A good fire extinguisher can help you avoid a full loss from a vehicle fire. The problem you face is which kind of fire extinguisher do you carry? Not all fire extinguishers are good for your engine’s components after use. The popular or common household extinguishers are dry chemical extinguishers and are caustic. These will wreak havoc on your wiring, metal, and paint from corrosion which creates more repair issues. The household extinguishers are not designed for oil based products; rubber, plastic etc.
The standard ABC dry chemical extinguishers are the cheapest route for a fire extinguisher for a vehicle fire. But again will cause extra damage from corrosion especially on electrical wiring, but the total loss is the worst alternative. The Buckeye 13315 2.5 Lbs Extinguisher is a preferred choice by many review sites, such as Firefighter Garage;5 Best Fire Extinguishers for Cars & Trucks. The average cost is around fifty dollars.
The best alternative to chemical fire extinguishers is Halon, but that production was stopped in the United States in 1994 under the clean air act. The alternative is the H3R Performance HG100C HalGuard the replacement gas for Halon. The price tag for these is around two hundred bucks. There is also the even pricier alternative of an automatic fire suppression system.
Whatever brand or type you decide, you should probably think about carrying a fire extinguisher for your beach buggy. Not just for your sake, but also a beach neighbor. I can’t imagine the damage that would be caused by a vehicle fire on a crowded summer beach. On a deserted off season beach it is just as necessary. This year seems to be the most vehicle fires on beaches up and down the east coast at drive on beaches. Hagerty Insurance covers all kinds of collector cars, trucks and modified vehicles and damage from fire extinguishers. Get an insurance quote
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