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Old 28-08-2013, 10:42   #1
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Foam Fire Extinguishers

Does anyone know a US source for aqueous foam fire extinguishers, USCG approved or not? Having seen demonstrations of foam in action, this seems like the best choice, especially for galley applications.

None of the regular suspects seem to carry these extinguishers, though they seem relatively more common in Europe.

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Re: Foam Fire Extinguishers

We just bought some halotron and foam extinguishers in the US last week. Just google and you will find lots of places in the US that sells them. ProSupplyco.com is one.

Yes, the standard dry chemical extinguishers are about the worst type to have on a boat. They will put out fires, but you will probably be throwing out most of the electrical/electronic equipment and engine afterward.

For small AFFF quick grabs around the galley: Fire Gone 2NBFG2704 White/Red Fire Extinguisher - 16 oz., (Pack of 2) : Amazon.com : Automotive

Don't know about the USCG approval - I pay no attention to that when it comes to safety. You can always keep the required number of cheap dry chemical units in a locker somewhere for any inspection.

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Re: Foam Fire Extinguishers

I like the foam extinguishers. It's a mess I'd rather deal with then the dry chem. And, much more pleasant to use in a confined space.

2 things;

If you have experience with dry chemical, don't expect foam to put out a largish fire as suddenly as the dry chem. You have to sort of blanket and cover it all up. It's a slightly different technique. I would suggest trying it out before you actually need to use it in an emergency.

I would also recommend keeping CO2 extinguishers around for electrical fires.
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Re: Foam Fire Extinguishers

Halotron also works for electrical fires. Surprisingly, I had a difficult time sourcing CO2 extinguishers - getting Halotron was easier and less expensive.

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