TX#11CMC wrote:I am a little confused as to why the big deal if someone runs with their fire system pinned or not.
Running a fire system is not a requirement, it is an option. I don't have a fire system in my car so I don't even have the option to "pull a pin". From a legality standpoint, I don't see a problem.
From a personal choice standpoint, well that is a personal choice.
How many people race with the pin pulled from their handheld fire bottle?
The intent wasn't to make this into a big deal, but I wanted to hear other's opinions about it.
I've installed both fire extinguishers and AFFF fire systems and have been fortunate enough so far in that I have not needed to use either. All of the instructions I have found with the fire systems clearly state the safety pin should be removed before track operation, so that has been my method of operation. I assumed others would follow the manufacturers instructions similarly.
A person may argue that the statement to remove the safety pin is merely put into the instructions to limit the liability of the manufacturer in case the person is somehow unable to operate the system because they forgot about the pin, but the choice to use it or not is still up to the user. My response to that is if there is a way to misuse a product, folks will always
find a way to do it. If the manufacturer has to put a statement in the instructions to limit their liability, then there clearly must have been folks who have done it. I don't want to be one of those folks, so I remove the pin.
Fire system or fire extinguisher, my opinion is still that the pin should be pulled for track time.