Sad end for a nice old Ford coupe. Don't let your car burn to the ground, keep an Element Fire Extinguisher in the glovebox of every vehicle you own.
Do you have a Fire Extinguisher in your Glovebox?
A fire can happen anywhere at anytime, keep some protection close by
We got these photos via email the other day, and felt a stabbing pain in our heart just looking at them. They were accompanied by the following story:
Thought maybe you guys would like to see what happens when you blow a back tire and the tire takes out the gas tank neck, Then the sparks from the rim ignite the gas, and the car goes up in smoke.
The worst part is how preventable it could've been. Looking at the photos you can see he had enough time to open the trunk and pull out his cooler and other stuff back there. He had enough time to save his cooler, but he couldn't save his car. If only he had an Element Fire Extinguisher in his glovebox.
Keep your Fire Extinguisher close at hand
Fire extinguishers are mandatory in cars that will see the track, but they should be mandatory in all street cars. There's no worse feeling then watching your car burn to the ground without the ability to do anything about it.
Element Fire Extinguishers are 80% smaller, up to 5 times the discharge time of a regular extinguisher, no chemicals that can be corrosive to engine parts. Element fights all major fire classes. A, B, C, and K.
How Do Canada's Smallest & Longest Lasting Element Fire Extinguishers Work
Element is a manual, portable aerosol fire extinguisher. It uses a Potassium powder jet (a unique method among fire extinguishers) that employs the vaporization of the powder in the environment followed by the condensation of its extinguishing substance. Element works by interrupting a fire’s chain of reaction (the “auto-catalyst” of the fire).
Element Fire Extinguisher is composed of stable, solid minerals; it does not contain gas and is not pressurized. The aerosol-like jet is only produced when the charger is struck with its base. The produced aerosol jet is free of thrust and is essentially an inert salt that emits gas already present in the atmosphere.
How old are your Tires?
While we looked at those photos and immediately thought of Fire Extinguishers, others thought about tires. “Thanks for sharing this sad story." said Dean Renwick of P.A.V.E. Professional Association of Vehicle Evaluators. "It points our the necessity of all P.A.V.E.-licenced/insured appraisers (and others) adding as much detail as possible in our appraisal reports including tire manufacturers' Date Codes, along with comment on tire manufacturers suggesting a maximum tire Safe Life of seven years”
How to: Read Tire Date Codes
The condition of the tires on a car are what determines a car's capabilities in terms of acceleration, braking and cornering. The rubber on a car tire degrades over time, and tire warranties can be tied to manufacturing dates. Every tire sold in the United States has a date code stamped on it. The date code will let you know when tires need to be replaced.
Read the last two digits of the DOT code. The last two digits are the year of manufacture. If the last two digits are 07, for example, the tire was manufactured in 2007. The two digits before the year indicate the week of the year that the tires were manufactured. There are 52 weeks in a year, so these two digits range from 01 to 52.
Remove the tire or get under the car if the DOT code on the outer side wall of the tire is less than 10 characters long. The full DOT code is required to be only on one sidewall of each tire.
Keep the rubber side down and stay safe out there!
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