Where do you fit your fire extinguisher?

nabsim

Full Member
Clicked post too soon grr.

My extinguisher in the van is in the bottom of the wardrobe out the way. I know where it is if I pass a car that’s starting burning under bonnet but can stay there apart from that.

I have a fire blanket at side of hab door immediately behind hob
 

Forrory

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Two powder bottles and a blanket, one bottle and the blanket in kitchen area. The other bottle in cab for ease of access while travelling. As a race marshal with fire training and fire fighting experience, I would recommend you try to get advice or training as there's more to fighting a fire than point and press .
Only advice if you're ever in that position would be,
First your safety, don't do it if you're not happy,
Second, as it says on the bottle (base of the fire) tackle the fuel not the flames. Smother the fuel.

To the comment of powder is messy, yes but not as messy as a totally destroyed van.
I know I've gone on a bit, but there's no point carrying an extinguisher if you're not prepared to use it, Any stay safe and fingers crossed you're never in that position
 

Forrory

Full Member
Sorry, in my last post I went on a bit and missed the topic of where to sight and how to mount.
The bracket it's supplied with should be adequate, and sight by your exit door .
 

Edina

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Ours is an ex ambulance, so we left it sited where it was - on the front of the passenger seat mounting box. It is one of the conditions of our insurance policy that we carry a fire extinguisher.
 

Wissel

Free Member
Ours is attached to a large wooden spoon in the kitchen.

It's her favourite :D






(we have two fire blankets. One at front of van, one at the back)
 

wildebus

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I posted the photo of my Extingisher before. I have been meaning to get a fireblanket for the van (already have one in the house) as well but never got round to it until this thread reminded me - so arrived today was this chappie - https://amzn.to/31xZtu3 :)

Now of course, having the kit is one thing - knowing HOW to use it correctly is another!

I am saying this as someone who had a kitchen pan set alight, put the fire out by smothering it with a towel (didn't have a fire blanket at the time) and then very carefully carrying the pan ouside (had very little oil in it -if it were a chip pan or more filled, would not have lifted it up) and placed outside. Pretty well the right things done but ..... still ended up with this (scroll down to see) ....

















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(the little staples are there to keep the skin graft in position)

Because once the fire is out, you must make sure it stays starved of oxygen! I made the mistake of just lifting the edge of the towel to check it was out and that let in enough fresh air for it to flare up and shoot up my hand :(

So get the kit BUT also learn how to use it before you need it, as you won't have time to read the label with flames shooting up next to you
 

Vanterrier

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Ouch!
Hope it healed ok.
Noted
K ;)
 

wildebus

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Ouch!
Hope it healed ok.
Noted
K ;)
Happened just before Christmas 2016. Getting there (y) Am expecting to be discharged as an outpatient from the specialist Physio dept in September.
I will always have the evidence visible of my stupidity to remind me what to do if there is a next time ???
 

grath

Full Member
The burnt hand photo above has reminded me to remind owners who have refillable gas, to use gloves.
I do, since reading about a guy in Portugal getting serious burns while refilling.
And as a bonus, you don't transfer gas smells to your steering wheel
 

Vanterrier

Full Member
I have now moved mine this morning to the rear facing panel at head height to the left of the sliding door as you enter the van ( or exit in a hurry?)
Thanks to all who shared their locations.
Now need to buy a fire blanket after seeing Wildebus post ?

K ;)
 

wildebus

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The burnt hand photo above has reminded me to remind owners who have refillable gas, to use gloves.
I do, since reading about a guy in Portugal getting serious burns while refilling.
And as a bonus, you don't transfer gas smells to your steering wheel
I'm not doubting what you are saying, but was this from it igniting or freeze burns? just curious
 

grath

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I am not 100% sure now as I have had lots of sleeps since reading about the incident, but I think freeze burns.
I now use rigger gloves
Mind you, I do seem to remember there was a fire at the refilling station.
It was at Praia de Rocha about three years ago
 

Vanterrier

Full Member
Most fill up hoses I have used so far have a kind of deflector shield on the nozzle, but I do have a pair of rubberised gloves at the ready. You do get quite a gush from some as you disconnect.

K ;)
 

Jeanette

Full Member
The reasons why so many are dry powder extinguishers are threefold.
1 They have a fantastic knock down rate ie they are very good at putting out fires
2 They are suitable for all types of fire
3 You get quite a bit of extinguisher in a small space
Problem with foam or any other liquid (ie water) based extinguisher is the risk (small but possible) of arcing on electrical fires, CO2 is best for electrical but poor on paper/cardboard and liquid fires. Also a liquid or CO2 extinguisher in that size wouldn't really do a great deal unless you've caught the fire in the very first few seconds.
I used to be a firefighter and fire training person......
That was the same as my brother he used to travel abroad a lot to teach how to put out fires but to be honest I think I would just get out!
 

Vanterrier

Full Member
I posted the photo of my Extingisher before. I have been meaning to get a fireblanket for the van (already have one in the house) as well but never got round to it until this thread reminded me - so arrived today was this chappie - https://amzn.to/31xZtu3 :)
Well thanks for posting the link;) I looked at the item and was offered a £10 promotion code if I installed the app. Which I did and I then bought the item for the cost of vat and post alone... Great saving.

K ;)
 

Jeanette

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Forgot to mention that we also have a fire blanket in the van
 

GMJ

Free Member
We have one that came fitted behind the passenger seat plus I have put one in the back where we sleep. We also have a fire blanket in the kitchen which we keep in the microwave which comes out every time we cook.

Graham
 

Petethetug

Full Member
Worth also considering whether lack of an extinguisher would give the crafty insurers a "get out"
I agree that early detection is the best option.
Several up-to-date smoke and Co detectors etc., but the best defence is quite possibly the MK 1 Nostril !
 

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