How to Fight Fire in an Engine
The average fireman probably has never given much thought to the question of extinguishing a fire in the apparatus should one occur, and a few suggestions by the State Fire Marshal of Ohio might be pertinent:
- The most important thing to remember in case of a fire of this kind is to keep cool. A few seconds lost in panic at the start may result disastrously.
- At least one small fire extinguisher should be on every car. It should be placed where it may be readily accessible in emergency. The small extinguisher is indispensable in handling a gasoline fire, and is also useful in fighting any other kind of blaze about the car.
- In the absence of an extinguisher, sand or dirt can be used, but it should be remembered that if sand is thrown into the carburetor mechanism incalculable harm is likely to result.
- Do not use water in attempting to extinguish a carburetor fire or other gasoline fire. This merely tends to spread the fire.
- If the engine backfires, use the starter to turn the motor. If this does not draw the flames into the manifold, use the extinguisher. This should put out the fire with little difficulty.
- If the fire has reached the drip Pan, extinguish that first, and then work up to the carburetor.
- If the fire is caused by ignition of gasoline from hot exhaust, short circuit or other condition about the car, the extinguisher should also be used with equally good effect.
- Do not invite destruction of your car and probable injury to yourself by lighting a match to see how much gas there is in the tank.