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Unread 06-14-2014, 10:50 PM   #1
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Do you leave your fire extinguisher in your Jeep year round?

I've put off buying a fire extinguisher for my Jeep for too long. If not for myself, I should carry one in case somebody else needs one.

What's been keeping me from buying one and going with it is that I can't find much info on if it's fine to store one outside in my Jeep year round. In the winter temperatures can get down to -40F for periods of time. Summer gets up into the 90F range tops. Will any old fire extinguisher I find at the hardware store be fine in those conditions?

While I know it's best to change the out from time to time, it's going to go unused for most of it's life. Can somebody suggest one that will be reliable?

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Unread 06-15-2014, 07:39 AM   #2
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Thats not really a Jeep question, so this isn't the best place to ask. I'd look/search the net for general info on extinguishers.
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Unread 06-15-2014, 08:50 AM   #3
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Don, I did look and I wasn't able to find much info. Fire extinguishers don't have it written on the packaging either. I figured I'd check what everyone's experiences have been.

Oh well, I'll call up a few companies on Monday and see if they can provide me with details.
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Unread 06-15-2014, 09:27 AM   #4
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Did you read the label? Mine says +120 to -40.
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Unread 06-15-2014, 09:33 AM   #5
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My Jeeps and my garage all have their own fire extinguishers. They live outside all year around in Minnesota weather. I tested one that was 8 years old and that I thought needed replacing simply due to old age. I functioned perfectly.
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Unread 06-15-2014, 08:20 PM   #6
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Like Don said.... try the local Yellow Pages

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Unread 06-15-2014, 09:57 PM   #7
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I've always left mine in the Jeep, winter, summer, parked in garage, or outside. Summers get hot down here.
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Unread 06-16-2014, 07:50 AM   #8
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the problems with fire extingushers living outside year round is more of a quality of build issue. the cheaper extingushers with plastic valves can leak over time when the tank expands and contracts due to temperature changes. this really isnt a problem with high quality extingushers with metal valves.

stick with high quality extingushers and you should be just fine.

i went with triangle fire company 5lb Purple K mounted to my seat. company was great to work with when i placed a large order for my club.


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Unread 06-21-2014, 07:05 AM   #9
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My mil spec coldfire extinguisher is good for -50. Not that I'll ever have my jeep out anywhere it is that cold, but I could and still put a fire out. Lol
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Unread 06-21-2014, 08:11 AM   #10
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I leave mine in the jeep year round. It doesn't get cold but in Phoenix the temps in the car can get pretty hot.

As a previous poster said. Don't get one with plastic parts.

Also, if you do come across someone and their car is on fire your best bet is to hand them your extinguisher and let them spray it. That way it is their decision and they can't sue you for messing up their car. Exception to this rule is if someone is trapped in the car, then just go for it.

And FYI, a small extinguisher is only good for a small fire. If the front of the car is engulfed in flames it probably won't do much good. If there is someone in the car then certainly try, if nothing else it might tone down the flames for a short period of time.
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Unread 06-21-2014, 08:16 AM   #11
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I burned up my YJ once.

Once you go through that, you pretty much never forget your extinguisher.

Mine were out in -30 degree weather in Chicago this winter, and in 100 degree weather last summer.

They all read charged.

Find a place that sells them as their main business, give them the use you anticipate, and they will tell you what you need.

Many you find in department stores or big box stores are crap.
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I had a engine fire once not in a jeep, long ago. I was about to take my shirt off as it was just on the carb. The wife grabs the fire extinguisher and pulls the trigger. The one thing she did not know, you have to point it at the fire. It was pointed at me thanks hun..........
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Unread 06-21-2014, 02:56 PM   #13
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I had a engine fire once not in a jeep, long ago. I was about to take my shirt off as it was just on the carb. The wife grabs the fire extinguisher and pulls the trigger. The one thing she did not know, you have to point it at the fire. It was pointed at me thanks hun..........
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At Rausch creek today. a fuel fire in a Toyota. Apparently some extinguishers were used. No details though.
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Unread 06-21-2014, 10:04 PM   #15
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Don't ever go without an extinguisher, they are cheap insurance. So what if you have to change it every couple of years. Just do it. The life you save could be mine ! LOL !
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