So does the Fire Safety Stick actually work? Ask TVR owner Dave!
Car engine fire and still drove home!
Driving home from Oulton Park in August, Dave Crook’s TVR Tuscan caught fire. The flames from the carburettors were coming out of the vents in the bonnet towards the windscreen and even melted the windscreen wipers.
Luckily for him, he had bought a Fire Safety Stick a few weeks earlier at Silverstone Classics. And using it, the fire was out within 15 seconds. And here’s what really amazed him, having cleaned the area, pressurised the fuel lines to make sure there were no leaks, the engine started first time and he was fine to drive home!
Yes, that’s right he still managed to drive the car home!
He said had he not had the Fire Safety Stick he would have surely lost the car completely. OK, he still had to repair the burnt bonnet and other cosmetic damage, but he’s a very happy chap. Imagine if he had a standard powder extinguisher as many do, even if he had put the fire out, he would have been faced with a bill of several thousand pounds with an engine rebuild.
Often though, its the hidden damage the powder from a traditional extinguishers causing without they owner being aware. For example, if it lands on any wiring and electrical systems, its caustic nature will dissolve the insulation and result in short circuits and other electrical faults. This may be apparent at the time, but more often it is well after the event, particularly if the wiring isn’t plainly visible in those hard to reach areas. In these situations, as well as the need for an engine rebuild can occasionally write the car off being uneconomical to repair. However, since the Fire Safety Stick doesn’t leave an damaging mess or residue, it gives the owner, as Dave already knows, peace of mind.