Fire Extinguishers for the Antique Engine Enthusiasts

| April/May 1986

303 Fisher Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420

The following article, written by a member of the Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association, should be of interest to all in making safety preparations for this season's shows. A fire at the Central Mssachusetts show last June (see the December, 1985 issue of GEM, page 14, and the club's show report in this issue) prompted Mr. Whitney to write this article for the newsletter, and he has offered to share it with our readers.

Mr. Whitney is an ex-fire-lieutenant in a volunteer department and he spent over ten years as an instructor for the fire academy. His advice on the purchase and use of fire extinguishers should help to prevent disasters in the future.


With the availability of fire extinguishers in supermarkets, department stores, automotive supply houses and even legitimate fire equipment sales stores, it seems an appropriate time to discuss the types and basic uses of extinguishers for antique engine buffs at home and at shows.

There are two very practical types of extinguishers for our purposes. The first and priority extinguisher should be dry chemical (BC type) and the second should be carbon dioxide (CO2 type). These range in size from 2 to 20 pounds.