The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Register Now!

Register Now!

We want your input!

Featured:
   

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

   
Recent Posts
230 or 345 kV transmission lines?
by Vlado
09/24/16 09:33 AM
breaker meltdown
by crselectric
09/24/16 12:42 AM
Electrical mast flashing product
by ThomasWinfrey
09/22/16 12:14 AM
What estimating software do you recommend?
by sparky
09/21/16 07:20 PM
"Dry Run" Inspection goes awry
by HotLine1
09/20/16 07:39 PM
New in the Gallery:
12.5A through 0.75mm˛ flex (just out of curiosity)
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
HotLine1 15
sparky 9
gfretwell 8
sparky66wv 8
Vlado 6
Who's Online
0 registered (), 236 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#171332 - 11/25/07 10:19 AM Car fire
WESTUPLACE Offline
Member

Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 252
Loc: Kingwood, TX USA

Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Arc Flash Clothing, Gloves, KneePads, Tool Belts, Pouches, Tool Carriers, etc. etc....

#171333 - 11/25/07 10:37 AM Re: Car fire [Re: WESTUPLACE]
renosteinke Offline
Cat Servant
Member

Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5299
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Pass a car fire? I will probably make every 'professional firefighter' cringe when I say this ... but I have never PASSED a car fire.

I have, on a number of occasions, stopped to put one out. One was even the car I was driving.

There are three attitudes that I deplore. "It's insured" seems a handy excuse for failing to take the most basic actions to reduce your loss. "It's someone else's job" (like the fire brigade) is just lame - we are still responsible for ourselves and what's ours. Then there is that basic laziness that results in a lack of preparedness for the most minor problems.

A really decent, capable ABC extinguisher costs less than $20. Every big fire starts as a small one. It is inexcusable that a fire is allowed to 'stew and brew' for any length of time, to grow into a monster.

Unless, of course, it's your ambition to have the world enjoy your misfortune, courtesy of YouTube.

Top
#171335 - 11/25/07 11:28 AM Re: Car fire [Re: renosteinke]
mamills Offline
Member

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
This makes me glad that our fire department SOP is that EVERY LANE OF TRAFFIC STOPS (irregardless of whether it is a divided highway or not) until the fire is completely out. NOBODY'S destination is important enough for us to allow that kind of chance to be taken.

Mike (mamills)

Top
#171340 - 11/25/07 03:53 PM Re: Car fire [Re: mamills]
gfretwell Offline

Member

Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9012
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
I imagine the guy in the truck right there at the end had to stop and change his shorts.
_________________________
Greg Fretwell

Top
#171344 - 11/25/07 05:21 PM Re: Car fire [Re: gfretwell]
Retired_Helper Offline
Member

Registered: 03/13/07
Posts: 167
Loc: Maine
Years ago, driving south out of Boston on the Southeast Expressway, I passed a car with it's hood up and engine on fire. The car had pulled off in one of the breakdown spaces provided, and I passed by about two lanes to the left. Traffic was fast-moving and heavy, and I was on top of the fire before I realized it existed. I was convinced that the explosion would blow the hood off, right at me. It never occurred to me that the flames could sweep out across three or four lanes! This is the sort of thing that I'd always check The Boston Globe for the next day, and never find anything written about it. \:o


Edited by Retired_Helper (11/25/07 05:23 PM)
Edit Reason: My usual second thoughts

Top
#171345 - 11/25/07 05:48 PM Re: Car fire [Re: Retired_Helper]
leland Offline
Member

Registered: 08/20/07
Posts: 856
Loc: Lowell area, Ma. USA
Well, It is the "Boston globe", Ya don't think they'll tell ya anything you need to know anyhow. Do ya!?

Top
#171364 - 11/26/07 07:27 AM Re: Car fire [Re: leland]
Retired_Helper Offline
Member

Registered: 03/13/07
Posts: 167
Loc: Maine
I guess not. They did seem awfully blase about metro area vehicle accidents. On the other hand, they had/have two comic pages! \:\/

Top
#171366 - 11/26/07 08:00 AM Re: Car fire [Re: Retired_Helper]
gfretwell Offline

Member

Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9012
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
Most city folk are blaze about metro area traffic accidents.
It amazes me when I see two people who swapped a little paint standing around their cars waiting for the cops to arrive. In DC the rule is, if the cop gets out of his car, everyone is getting a ticket, even if you were just watching. They are not interested unless someone needs the "jaws of life" to get to the hospital. Otherwise, deal with it yourself. That is not an unreasonable take, now that everyone has a cell phone.
_________________________
Greg Fretwell

Top
#171368 - 11/26/07 09:13 AM Re: Car fire [Re: gfretwell]
Alan Belson Offline
Member

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
Have a slight prang here and the gendarmes are only too pleased to help, filling in the mandatory accident forms, giving you the name of their Uncle's garage etc.. \:D
That's probably because they have nothing to do all day!
I expect that's true in any rural location except the UK, where the cops nick everyone so they can earn points!
As to stopping to help, I'm no fire officer and tackling a gasoline fire with a $20 fire-extinguisher on a three-lane highway is not for me!

A mate once stopped to help a 'little old lady' who had fallen over at Milan airport. She took off like a bloody olympic sprinter after her accomplice stole his briefcase while he was distracted!


Edited by Alan Belson (11/26/07 09:14 AM)
_________________________
Wood work but can't!

Top
#171371 - 11/26/07 10:51 AM Re: Car fire [Re: Alan Belson]
pauluk Offline
Member

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
I remember going past a car on fire on the bus to school one morning, about 30 years ago (just outside Harpenden on the old A6, for Brit readers). The fire had taken hold pretty well, and the one thing which really sticks in my mind after all these years is the blast of heat I felt, even from the opposite side of the road and through the window of the bus.

Top
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >



ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals