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Old Jan 12, 2004, 07:28 PM
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LiPo Fire Extinguisher

I'm thinking about a standby fire extinguisher for the shop and flying field and wondering if the ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher for Oil, Gasoline, Grease, Flammable Liquids, Electrical, Wood, Paper, Cloth would extinguise a possible LiPo fire? Would appreciate your input.


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Old Jan 12, 2004, 08:57 PM
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I sure hope it does, cuz that's what I have in my shop.
Anyone know for sure???
Old Jan 12, 2004, 09:19 PM
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Lithium is a water reactive flammable metal, and can produce a flammable gas when exposed to water while burning. So, USE NO WATER when attempting to extinguished a flammable metal fire. According to North American Emergency Response Guidebook for hazardous materials published for U.S.D.O.T. A dry chemical extinguisher should be used...some alternatives would be dry sand, soda ash or lime. Please keep in mind the key word here is DRY!!!
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Old Jan 12, 2004, 09:24 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Joe, it looks like we're in business.

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Old Jan 12, 2004, 11:00 PM
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Thanks Pat -- for asking. Great question. I have the same fire extinguisher too. Also thanks to Mark for the official fireman's input too.

Old Jan 12, 2004, 11:34 PM
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Oh yeah I can see it how ... customized LiPo storage and charging containers, with integrated Halon fire surpression

okay - tongue-in-check comment above, but just found that Halon is no longer used in US due to ozone depleting bromine ... so what's the current replacement used to fill a equipment room these days? Just curious.
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