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Fire Extinguishers for Your RV

Originally published in the May/June 2023 issue of Escapees Magazine.

A fire is one of the worst things that could happen to you, whether it be in an RV or a house.

All RVs come with a dry-powder fire extinguisher. This extinguisher is required to be installed in the RV and it is generally located by the RV’s entrance. The main problem with this type of extinguisher is that when it is discharged, the dry chemical goes everywhere and it is hard to clean up. It is also corrosive to metal. Also, when sprayed into a grease fire, the powder can cause the fire to spread.

Our Top Three Fire Extinguisher Recommendations

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In Escapees RVers Boot Camp we talk about replacing your dry-powder fire extinguisher with a foam fire extinguisher. Mark Nemeth, Sky Renfro, and I tested different foam fire extinguishers. We were looking for one that was easy to use, easy to clean up and mostly, after the fire was out, we didn’t want it to rekindle.

After testing the different brands available at the time, we concluded that these extinguishers pass our test: Fire Fight Product Extinguisher, Fire Gone Extinguisher and the FireAde Extinguisher. There are many more foam fire extinguishers on the market now that may also pass our test. We are always on the lookout for products that will ensure the safety of our members. The Fire Fight Products can be purchased at www.firefightproducts.com. The Fire Gone and FireAde extinguishers can be purchased through Amazon.

When replacing your fire extinguisher, you will find that the foam extinguisher will not fit into the holder of the dry chemical extinguisher. They will fit into a bicycle water-bottle holder available from a bike shop, Amazon, or Walmart.

How Many Fire Extinguishers You Should Have

Another question that comes up in Boot Camp, is how many extinguishers do I need in my travels? Basically, you need one in the bedroom, by the entrance door, in the kitchen, in an outside bay that is not locked and in your tow vehicle. When a fire occurs, you must know where the extinguishers are located.

Have A Fire Safety Plan

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It is always best to have a plan on what would happen if you had a fire at 2:33 am. How will you get out and can you fight a fire? The best course of action is to get out of the RV and call 911. This is why it is important to know where you are in the RV park.

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