Is yours fit for purpose?

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  1. Steve

    Steve Funster Life Member

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    Do you carry a fire extinguisher? Is it suitable? Is it in date? Could you use it & know how to?
    just wondering?

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    Have 2, one just inside each door (A class only 2 doors) They are 2kg dry powder, suitable for most fires but make a heck of a mess. They are in date, replaced last year.
    I also have a CO2 extinguisher, but not decided whether to put it in the van as it is quite large and heavy.
     
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    Have a 1 kg powder that is new and went on a course run by the fire brigade when I used to work because I was on the works fire team.
     
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    hav one in driver cab and two in hab unit one at the door and one in rear sleeping aria
    bill
     
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    There were two small powder extinguishers in the kitchen area when we bought the van and I also put one in the driver door pocket.

    I must admit I knew nothing about dates until the engineer doing our habitation service a year later pointed out that one had gone out of date. I now check them myself each year as well as him doing so.

    As regards use, I've practised by letting off a couple of outdated ones (in an area of the garden where mess was soon cleared up). They needed to be emptied as the tip won't take them if not.

    The main thing about use, though, is to make sure the fire isn't between you and a means of escape and if you have any doubt about fighting the fire then Get Out, Stay Out and Get The Brigade Out.
     
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    I think you need to give the powder ones a shake from time to time as the powder settles into a lump.
     
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    yes, yes, yes, and yes..

    I was an Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader
    Did my fire fighter training at Montrose off shore fire fighting school.

    Retired now, but the training is never forgotten..

    @funflair is correct.. dry power does settle in a van due to the vibration and should be inverted and given a gentle shake every so often to loosen the powder.
    If you can't feel it moving about.. it's no use.. have it serviced or throw away.
     
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    I also went to Montrose fir school on more than on occasion to do fire fighting courses completing the fir teem leaders coerce one of the best coerces I done in my time offshore I over the year don Frome basic to teem leader
    including BA
    bill
     
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    My insurers insist in a 3kg one carried by the motorhome door, but that's for an RV. Worth checking other policies as well though.
     
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    One in kitchen area. One in cab. 2kG powder.
     
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    They check ours at meetings, such a shame Halon Extinguishers were banned more effective than any thing else.
     
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    yes, we have a 1kg by habitation door, fire blanket to side of galley and a 1kg in door pocket. Done my course the hard way in the RN. Only lasted about 12 years so will never forget, especially putting out oil fire with water jet.
     
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    Yes yes and yes. But would probably never use it. Like already said, unless you or someone else is endangered by the fire, get out and stay clear.
     
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    Yes, yes, yes ,yes and yes!

    I carry two in the camper, a 2KG dry powder on the drivers doorstep for engine fires and a 2 litre AFFF just inside the sliding door (base of passengers B pillar) plus a fire blanket near the kitchen area. Both are serviced annually by the company that do my extinguishers in the workshop. Did fire extinguisher training when I worked at MoD and have given Fire extinguisher training in two separate garages.

    D.
     
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    Modern stored Pressure fire extinguishers should have a gauge
    which can be easily read, however even those gauges should
    be read/tested at yearly intervals not difficult if you have the right equipment
    there should also be on the equipment. its self a record of service/label signed and dated by an engineer.

    The idea of inverting a fire extinguisher where the powder has caked down in the way described was usually associated with the old Pyrene/ Chubb type extinguishers with the plastic bodies and handles.

    Ref Useage best advise.
    Used to be safety first if in doubt get out and stay clear.
    Make sure everyone is clear
     
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  16. cruiser

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    oh yes one in the cab one by the work station. and one by the shower. and fire training by the fire brigade. for the foster care group
     
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    I still keep a BCF handy.....And before the purists faint, at least they put out fires without leaving a mess. (y)
     
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    Well sorry if you are parked next door, or live next door - but my motto is and always has been, run like hell simultaneously screaming Fire! at the top of my voice.
     
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    You are supposed to walk not run.:)
     
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    I have a water mist extinguisher, in the hope that it it won't make the mess the fire makes even worse while putting it out.

    So, yes; yes, according to the supplier; yes; yes & I think I do.
     
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