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    Default Fire Grenades

    Thought I would share this with you all.




    The chemical in the grenade, carbon tetrachloride, was appropriate for both liquid and electrical fires. It was a common chemical used in extinguishers from the early 20th century to about the 1950’s.

    There was one small issue though. The chemical carbon tetrachloride is toxic and acute exposures cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs.

    Another issue is that when CTC is exposed to heat it forms phosgene gas, more commonly known as “Nerve Gas”.

    So if you ever get lucky to run into one of these bad boys you can let your clients know.

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    Thanks Don for the latest Post on these Contraptions.
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    Thanks for the article.

    I've run into them twice. The first time, the fine folks here educated me.

    Jeff


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    I saw these on Auction Hunters. The shows hosts found some in a storage unit they won at auction. They tried one out on a fire and it seemed quite effective at putting the fire out.


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    Billy,

    Thanks for the other link, good stuff.

    These can be collectible, but the CTC is nothing to mess with.

    Some fire depts may want them also for their displays.

    Don Hester
    NCW Home Inspections, LLC
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    Dr. Oliver Sachs wrote a story about an experience he had with a patient who was exposed to carbon tet in his book, "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat". Great story, great book, great guy.

    Dan Cullen
    www.domicileconsulting.com
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