15 January 2014

Fire protection in the shack?

The recent premature failure of the Gould oscilloscope PSU made me think of the danger of dealing with (old) electronics in our indoor workbenches.

The white smoke that emerged from the PSU, smelling of burned paper, was most probably caused by a small fire or something alike. Even though I was quick to remove AC from the device, that action does not extinguish a fire!

Sure, electronics are not too flammable, but the spark/flame could reach something else nearby (namely: paper).

How to protect my lab/flat/home/building from these events? How did you, reader, prepare yourself? Should I keep a small fire extinguisher in the shack? A flameproof blanket? Water?