How I Almost Burned My House Down!
Many of you already know that I am a “classic car guy”. When I am not working with real estate buyers or sellers, it is very likely that you will find me in my garage working on a classic car. This is how I almost lost everything!
I was installing an EFI system (electronic fuel injection) to my 1963 Ford Thunderbird (Picture below). I had the fuel line disconnected and was cranking the engine while looking for a “hot” ignition wire under the dash with a multi-meter. All of a sudden I saw a HUGE FIREBALL erupt from underneath the opened hood. I was working on the car inside of my garage which is attached to my house and is DIRECTLY BELOW my master bedroom!
The adrenaline kicked in immediately! My first instinct (which sounds very silly now) was to try to blow the fire out. Thankfully I came to my senses and quickly went for the fire extinguisher that was tucked out of sight in my garage. Fortunately, I was able to grab the fire extinguisher and use it to quickly extinguish the gasoline fire.
After spending about 20 minutes calming myself down, I spent the next two hours cleaning dry fire extinguisher chemical from the garage and the engine compartment with brushes and a vacuum. I was fortunate that the very large gasoline fire did not do any permanent damage to my car or to my house. I am thankful that I had the tools (the fire extinguisher) that I needed to take control of the situation and prevent the fire from spreading.
I now have two ABC fire extinguishers (see pic below for more info.), one on either end of the garage, mounted on the wall and EASILY accessible.
The Moral of the Story: ALWAYS have a fresh and fully charged fire extinguisher handy (at least) in your garage AND in your kitchen.
The article below gives important information about the use of fire extinguishers. The two minutes that it will take to read on may help to save you from a potentially devastating outcome.
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