Caravan Fire Safety Fire Extinguishers

I know what you’re thinking; “What the heck does caravan vlogger know about safety?!” You have a good point…

I’ll just start this article by saying I’m not a trained firefighter and I can’t offer any expert fire advice. However, as a caravanner I of course, have in the back of my mind that I’m holidaying in a fireglass, wood and plastic box, which could, no doubt, do very well as a feature at any bonfire party, should it burst into flames.

If your caravan did catch fire and you we unfortunate enough to be in it, what would you do? Well, if it was a large fire you’d dial 999 and run for the hills, but what it it was a small fire. I guess all fires start small! But what would you do? Run a tea towel under a tap and use that to dampen the fire? Blow on it? Pee on it?

OK, probably none of those options are sensible. What you should be doing is reaching for a fire extinguisher or maybe a fire blanket. What’s that? You don’t have either? Oh dear, read on my friend…

We recently changed our caravan and it was a time for throwing away all the things we didn’t need anymore. If you’ve ever changed caravans you’ll understand this process. We sold our caravan first, before buying the new one, so had to take everything out and store it in the house.

Whilst going through this process I came across our fire extinguisher. I know we’d had it for ages although I couldn’t remember how long. Thinking “better safe than sorry” I decided to replace it. I know, last of the big spenders. But which one should I buy, I could of course just buy the same one as I had before..

Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Advice

So I started to research. As I said earlier I’m not an expert. There seem to be a fire extinguisher for different types for fire? Anyway there is a standard:

BS (EN)3 and tested and approved by the British Standards Institute (BSI) or the Loss Prevention Council Certificate Board (LPCB) or approved by the British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE).

Well that’s nice and easy, thanks for nothing! I guess I need to look for fire extinguishers that comply to those standards.

BS (EN)3 recommends that extinguishers should be coloured entirely signal RED although a different colour-coded area (indicator) on the body may be used so that you can, at a glance, determine the contents, as follows:

Signal red = water
Pale cream = foam
French blue = powder
Carbon dioxide = black

Fire risks are classified according to the alphabet:

Class AInvolve most organic materials. Such as carbon, wood, textiles and paper
Class BPetrol, diesel, solvents, paints and other flammable liquids
Class CButane and propane, flammable gases
Class DFlammable metals
Class FCooking oils and fats

Looking at the class’s above, a fire extinguisher will be classed as suitable to extinguish certain fires, not something I ever knew.

( Most of the info above comes from Caravan and Motorhome Club website: ) https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/advice-and-training/advice-for-beginners/fires/

CAMC’s website also says :

Although dry powder fire extinguishers are very effective in extinguishing all fires, they are not recommended for use in confined spaces such as caravans. We recommend that AFFF is the most effective for use on a caravan site.

What is and AFFF Fire Extinguisher?

Here’s one, rather than dry powder it’s foam. If you think about it logically, using a dry powder extinguisher in a caravan would be a) messy and b) you’d probably choke to death before the fire killed you.

FireShield 1Ltr AFFF Foam Fire Extinguisher*
  • CE approved & Manufactured to BS EN3
  • Complete with bracket
  • Approved to the Pressure Equipment Directive
  • Passed the 35kv conductivity discharge test
  • 5 year guarantee

So the above is they type of fire extinguisher CAMC recommend you buy and I’d whole heartedly agree, I know jack shit about fire extinguishers!

On the fire extinguisher page detailed above is says:

“This Fire Extinguisher offers protection against Class A and B type fires”

Which as you’ll no doubt remember A is Involve most organic materials. Such as carbon, wood, textiles and paper and B is Petrol, diesel, solvents, paints and other flammable liquids. That’s good, I hear you say. But is it. What about C. C is protection against Butane and propane, flammable gases

As a caravanner C sounds quite important right? However, I wouldn’t suggest you hang around spraying your already on fire gas bottle!

Types of Fire Extinguisher

Foam Extinguishers

Most commonly used for class B fires (Petrol, diesel, solvents, paints and other flammable liquids), but as they are water based they can also be used for Class A fires (Involve most organic materials. Such as carbon, wood, textiles and paper). They should not be used for fires caused by flammable metals, kitchen fires and electrical fires.

Foam extinguishers create a cooling effect on the fuel that caused the fire. The foam creates a barrier between the fuel and the fire.

Water Extinguishers

Mostly used in class A fires. In most cases you should have a water or a foam extinguisher. As with foam extinguishers it shouldn’t be used in kitchen fires caused by flammable gas or electric fires.

Dry Powder Extinguishers

These are also known as ABC extinguishers. Meaning they are suitable for class A, B and C fires. These should not be used in enclosed spaces (such as caravans) as it can easily be inhaled. It also makes a hell of a mess.

Wet Chemical Extinguishers

These are designed for Class F fires (Cooking oils and fats) They can also be used on Class A fires.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguishers

These are mainly used on electrical fires. They can also be effective on Class B fires.

One Fire Extinguisher For Every Fire?

Naive me was thinking, surely there’s a fire extinguisher that can be used on all types of fire and of course there is.

Sale
Firexo 7 in 1 Fire extinguisher 500ml Small Fire Extinguisher for ALL FIRES inc. Li-ion Battery Fires! Easy to use at Home, Car, Small Office*
  • Firexo ALL FIRES 500ml 7 in 1 small fire extinguisher, for ALL fire class through ABC, D, E and F (including Lithium-ion Battery Fires), all the fire safety equipment you need in one small compact extinguisher
  • One fire extinguisher for eliminating all 7 different fire types, including lithium battery fires. The safest product to have in the home, car, motorhome, caravan, office and whilst on a boat. Great for indoors and outdoor use in the events of an emergency. Great fit for fire safety as this compact fire extinguisher puts the fire out FAST.
  • One for ALL small fire emergency situations. Keep everyone safe by having this small fire extinguisher in the home incase of a small fire outburst, no matter the fire type, this small extinguisher has you covered for ALL 7 types of fires (A-F as shown in diagram).
  • This system is more eco-friendly than a powder extinguisher, with a 1 year warranty and supplied with a durable bracket for easy storage whilst in car, motorhome, boat or caravan.
  • "In the event of a fire hold aerosol upright, pull out safety pin, aim at base of fire, squeeze handle and sweep side to side. Discharge entire contents onto the fire from at least a 1m distance. Replace after use. Tested on electrical to 35 kV Fire Rating: 3A/13B /C/D/Electrical/5F. "

This is made by Firexo and can be used on 7 types of fire, the manufacturer claims “all types of fire”. This is where a bit of digging helps, or maybe confuses the issue. Firexo are CE marked, which means Europe are happy that they have passed whatever tests they need to. But they don’t have the British kite mark and the reasons are interesting. Firexo say :

Firexo is a global brand whereas the Kite Mark is more recognised in the UK. Firexo extinguishers are CE marked and the CE and Kite Marks are generally harmonised standards allowing us to feel safe in the knowledge that our product would gain the Kitemark when, and if we choose to apply for it in the future.

I don’t think the British kitemark people like Firexo. Maybe because Firexo won’t play ball. Which is probably why this extinguisher is silver, not red.

https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/blog/fire-and-flood-blog/fire-extinguishers-the-difference-between-ce-marking-and-the-bsi-kitemark/

I personally think this is a case of Britain thinking their tests are better than the rest of Europe and if you agree, then maybe Firexo isn’t for you.

Anyway, that’s just some information for you to make your own mind up. I’m happy with a fire extinguisher that can be used on all fires.

Other Fire Fighting Accessories

I also bought a fire blanket. Less controversy here.

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Lonnsaffe Fiberglass Emergency Fire Blanket Survival Blanket Shelter Safety Cover Ideal for Kitchen, Fireplace, Grill, Car, Camping (1.2x1.8m)
82 Reviews
Lonnsaffe Fiberglass Emergency Fire Blanket Survival Blanket Shelter Safety Cover Ideal for Kitchen, Fireplace, Grill, Car, Camping (1.2x1.8m)*
  • KEEP YOURSELF SAFE: Extinguishes fire by suffocating it; extinguishes both liquid fires ,grease fires and so on
  • MESS-FREE: Unlike the fire extinguishers, the fire blanket does not leave a mess after a fire
  • VERSATILE: Ideal for the kitchen, fireplace, grill, car, camping and so on
  • USEFUL IN SURVIVAL SITUATIONS: Can also be used to wrap around your body and act as a heat shield
  • STANDARD: Meets EN-1869:1997 standard for cooking fire suppression

Lastly, I bought another Fireox product. It’s a kitchen pan fire extinguisher sachet. Basically if you have a pan that catches fire you simply lay this in the pan and it puts out the fire.

Sale
Firexo 3 Pack Kitchen Pan Fire Extinguisher Sachet, Fire Blanket Alternative, Suitable For All Oil/Fat Pan Fires Up To 3 Litres
26 Reviews
Firexo 3 Pack Kitchen Pan Fire Extinguisher Sachet, Fire Blanket Alternative, Suitable For All Oil/Fat Pan Fires Up To 3 Litres*
  • The award-winning Firexo pan fire extinguisher sachet, suitable for all kitchen pan fires. A portable, compact solution, designed to extinguish ALL pan fires (type F) quickly and safely.
  • Safe and easy to use in both household and business settings, puts out up to 3L of cooking oil in a kitchen fire emergency, conveniently storable in drawers and cupboards, saving space compared to a standard fire blanket for kitchen use.
  • Essential part of your kitchen safety equipment to tackle small fires, with instructions easily visible on sachet. Conforms to standard BS PAS 2013-1:2013 with 1 year warranty and CE marked
  • Best suited to a small pan fire for everyday kitchen and home fires use in caravan, boat, motorhome and camping fire emergency situations with easy-clean up when the extinguisher sachet has done the job
  • Fast and effective: Turn off heat ‚Äì Simply place into pan carefully at arm‚Äôs length and release hand-applied unit immediately. DO NOT THROW. Do not put hand within 100mm of burning pan for more than 4 seconds. Do not open or cut sachet before use. Leave to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes after the fire is extinguished ‚Äì Dispose in general waste

I’ve just noticed this one that does ALL FIRE Types ABC, D, E and F (including Lithium-ion Battery Fires)

Sale
Firexo 2 Litre ALL FIRES Extinguisher, 2 Litre Fire Extinguishers, 7 in 1 for all type of Fire. Extinguishers for home, boat, office. Safety Package*
  • Firexo ALL FIRES 2 Litre, 7 in 1 fire extinguisher, for ALL fire class through A, B, C, D, E and F (including Lithium-ion Battery Fires), all the fire safety equipment you need in one small compact extinguisher
  • One fire extinguisher for eliminating all fire types, including lithium battery fires. The safest product to have in the home, car, motorhome, caravan, office and whilst on a boat. Great for indoors and outdoor use in the events of an emergency.
  • NO Confusion in ANY fire emergency situation. Keep everyone safe by having this universal extinguisher in the home, no matter the fire type, this Firexo extinguisher has you covered for ALL 7 types of fires.
  • More environmentally friendly. Made with natural ingredients and, unlike powder fire extinguishers, is safe, non-toxic and biodegradable

Best Selling Fire Extinguishers

SaleBestseller No. 1
Premium FSS UK 1 KG ABC Dry Powder BSI KITEMARKED FIRE Extinguisher with CE Marked FIRE Blanket. Ideal for Homes Boats Kitchen Workplace Offices Cars Vans Warehouses GARAGES Hotels Restaurants*
  • 1 KG Compact powder fire extinguisher with Fire Blanket for small fires.
  • BSI KITEMARKED FIRE EXTINGUISHER WITH FIRE BLANKET
  • FIRE BLANKET MARKED CE
  • 8A 21 B RATED WITH PRESSURE GAUGE
  • Ideal for Home, Mobile Van, Cars, Caravans, Taxi, kitchens, restaurants
Bestseller No. 2
StaySafe 5-in-1 Fire Extinguisher, Best Extinguisher for Home, Car, Work, Camping, Caravan, Boat - extinguishes 5 types of fires in seconds*
  • Eliminate fires in seconds with the StaySafe 5-in-1 Fire Extinguisher
  • A lightweight recyclable plastic aerosol fire extinguisher and a more practical and solution compared to traditional metal canister.
  • Extinguishes 5 different types of fire: electrical, cooking oil, textiles, petrol/diesel and paper/card
  • Quick to deploy and tackles fire whether you’re at home, in the car, at work or enjoying the great outdoors!
  • Non-toxic, environmentally friendly fluid - safe for the user and the environment
SaleBestseller No. 3
Kidde KS1KG Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher, Red, 1 kg (285 x 95 x 125 mm)*
  • Multi purpose a-b-c ratings
  • Pressure gauge
  • Easy install
  • 8 second discharge 4 meter range
  • BSI certified to BS EN3 standards CE Tested and certified
Bestseller No. 4
2kg Co2 & 6ltr AFFF Foam Fire Extinguisher Pack
14 Reviews
2kg Co2 & 6ltr AFFF Foam Fire Extinguisher Pack*
  • 1 x 2KG CO2 Fire Extinguisher
  • 1 x 6 LITRE AFFF Foam Fire Extinguisher
Bestseller No. 5
Powder Fire Extinguisher - 2KG ABC Dry Powder Extinguisher FireShield PRO*
  • Comes with a bracket for home or vehicle.
  • Fire Extinguisher For Home, Caravan, Car / Vehicle & Boats
  • For use on Class A, B, C, and Electrical Fires
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3 & CE Certified with 5 year Warranty
Bestseller No. 6
Small Powder Fire Extinguisher - 1KG ABC Dry Powder Extinguisher FireShield*
  • 5 YEARS WARRANTY INCLUDED
  • Comes with a bracket for home or vehicle.
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3 & CE Certified
SaleBestseller No. 7
Firexo 2 Litre ALL FIRES Extinguisher, 2 Litre Fire Extinguishers, 7 in 1 for all type of Fire. Extinguishers for home, boat, office. Safety Package*
  • Firexo ALL FIRES 2 Litre, 7 in 1 fire extinguisher, for ALL fire class through A, B, C, D, E and F (including Lithium-ion Battery Fires), all the fire safety equipment you need in one small compact extinguisher
  • One fire extinguisher for eliminating all fire types, including lithium battery fires. The safest product to have in the home, car, motorhome, caravan, office and whilst on a boat. Great for indoors and outdoor use in the events of an emergency.
  • NO Confusion in ANY fire emergency situation. Keep everyone safe by having this universal extinguisher in the home, no matter the fire type, this Firexo extinguisher has you covered for ALL 7 types of fires.
  • More environmentally friendly. Made with natural ingredients and, unlike powder fire extinguishers, is safe, non-toxic and biodegradable
Bestseller No. 8
UKB4C 600g Fire Extinguisher Ideal for Cars, Home, Kitchen, Office, Taxi, Caravan - Handle Small Fires Effectively with Environmentally Friendly Powder (0.6KG)
67 Reviews
UKB4C 600g Fire Extinguisher Ideal for Cars, Home, Kitchen, Office, Taxi, Caravan - Handle Small Fires Effectively with Environmentally Friendly Powder (0.6KG)*
  • Lightweight and Easy to use : This campervan fire extinguisher is great for use in your caravan, car, campervan or anywhere around the home or office. Can be easily stored in cupboards, or under the sink.
  • Liquid and Electrical fires : This caravan and car small fire extinguisher is great at tackling most fires that would be seen around the home, car or in your campervan. Great for using on electrical fires as its powder based and will not short any other electronics.
  • Certified : BSI certified and kitemarked. Please read instructions on the can before storing and before use. Great to be used in conjunction with other equipment such as fire alarms for home, carbon monoxide alarm or a fire blanket.
  • Great for travel : This fire extinguisher is great for taking on the road and added to your caravan accessories and caravan equipment for safe travels. Can be stored easily in one your cupboards.
  • This car fire extinguisher is suitable for B & C Fire classifications. Not suitable for Class A and deep fat fires. A car essentials! *For emergencies and single use
Bestseller No. 9
Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher - 2KG CO2 Extinguisher FireShield PRO*
  • 5 YEARS WARRANTY INCLUDED
  • For use on Class B and Electrical Fires
  • Comes with a wall bracket
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3 & CE Certified
SaleBestseller No. 10
AA 950g Fire Extinguisher AA1547 – Uses BC Powder Small Fires – Lightweight Easy To Use UK Made 5 Year Warranty*
  • 950 g BC powder fire extinguisher for use on flammable gas, liquid and electrical fires
  • Compact and lightweight, ideal for your car, van, caravan, home, boat, office
  • BSI Certified to BS6165 2002 and Kitemarked
  • UK made with a 5-year warranty for your peace of mind
  • Fitted with a plastic mounting bracket

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