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Old 17-09-2015, 15:02   #1
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diesel compartment fire extinguisher

My compartment extinguisher just set off when the eng. Overheated. Before replacing another expensive piece of gear, I'm looking for suggestions. Tks.
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Old 17-09-2015, 15:22   #2
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diesel compartment fire extinguisher

Well, electrical overheat detectors exist that set an alarm when heat exceeds set point and there are flame detectors that "see" the IR light from a flame, but again just another alarm, neither extinguish a flame. I have three automatic Halon bottles, in the engine compt, behind the electrical panel and in the lazarette myself, I like having them if one goes, I'll buy another, but as you say they aren't cheap.


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Re: diesel compartment fire extinguisher

Your time and money would be well spent with a professional alarm system expert and not with amateur opinions. Alone on the ocean, an alarm and suppression system could save your life or at least limit your damage.
I've been to 3 marine firefighting schools and don't care to recommend any alarm/fire system for an engine room I've never seen.
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Re: diesel compartment fire extinguisher

I'm wondering how hot it got in there, at least my bottles have a metal "fuse" that has the melt to set the bottle off, looks identical to a building sprinkler system's fuse. If it's like that it had to get real hot in there?


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