Dry Water????? (1 Viewer)

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This is probably the first of many questions. I'm wondering what sort of fire extinguisher to buy for our new motorhome. CO2 could blow burning debris about and make things worse. Dry Powder is toxic, should not be used in a confined space (despite these being the most common type offered for sale in most caravan accessory shops :eek:) and can make more mess than the fire. Plain water is not safe on kitchen fires and if mains electricity is involved.
The new-fangled "Dry Water" type seems to cover all the classes of fire likely to occur in a motorhome and are even safe on electrickery but they all seem to be huge and heavy. I've seen a new "aerosol" type thing advertised recently that claims to do everything but I'm not sure if it's ever been approved by the relevant authorities so it may not work at all.
Anyone got any advice? (apart from trying not cause a fire in the first place!)
 
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Oct 12, 2018
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Thanks - I think this is the aerosol thing I saw. The only thing that makes me nervous is that I can't find any documented testing and certification by recognised fire authorities in Europe compared to video demonstrations from Asia. This one made me smile



Most of the acronyms in their advertising seem to refer to safety testing institutes (e.g. CE approval just means it's safe - not that it actually works)

Oh well, given that the next best thing is 5 times the size and 4 times the weight I suppose it's better than nothing - of course if anyone has actually used one in anger it would be great to know if it was effective.

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Most of the acronyms in their advertising seem to refer to safety testing institutes (e.g. CE approval just means it's safe - not that it actually works)
Exactly. The CE marking is self-certification by the manufacturer who has the responsibility to ensure that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant EU legislation. No external third party testing is required.

(My market in Europe was severely disrupted by a very low priced range of CE marked Korean electronic broadcast products (audio amplifiers, mixers etc.) that not only didn't comply with basic EU electro-magnetic interference regs but were dangerous to boot insofar that the single pole mains switch was on the neutral (not the live) wire, meaning that even though the switch was 'Off' the equipment remained live. When we reported this to the relevant authorities they admitted there was little they would do on account of lack of resources).
 
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