1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4, Page #12[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
FoolProof Automatic Fire Extinguisher For Combines,Other Farm Equipment
Here's how it works: The extinguisher tank is connected to a pair of flexible plastic tubes which you simply lay out around and above the combine engine, being careful that the tubing doesn't touch any hot surfaces. If a fire starts, it'll start softening the plastic and pressure from the extinguisher will blow a hole in the tubing. Be-cause of the design, the hole will be automatically directed at the center of the fire and will put it out.
Dave Melton of Sterling Safety Company, Ipswich, England, came up with the idea. "There's no doubt the system works. Once it puts out a fire, you just install a new extinguisher and piece of tubing. It generally puts out fires before they become more than a couple inches high."
A 5-lb. tank with two 9-ft. pieces of tubing sells for about $225. Options include an alarm that lets you know when the system has been activated.
The company seeks a U.S. distributor. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Sterling Safety Ltd., Unit 20 Knightsdale Rd., Ipswich, Suffolk 1P1 4JJ England (ph 01473 745151; fax 01473 240287).
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