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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is it important for RV owners/dealers to purchase/have fire extinguishers for their RVs?

    RVs are homes on wheels, and as such, are rife with more fire related danger than either a home or an automobile. What is more, a fire can engulf an RV in seconds, turning a joyful excursion into a disaster of deadly magnitude.

    Statistics regarding the number of RV fires reported every year vary from 6,500 to 20,000 - but it is clear that the numbers are significant.

    Having an appropriate number and type of fire extinguisher can mean the difference between a minor annoyance, and a major catastrophe.
    What kind of fire extinguisher would be most useful in a RV situation? Why?

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends B:C rated fire extinguishers as a minimum: at least one within 24 in. of the primary exit. The B rating is for flammable liquids, and the C rating means that the extinguishing agent will not conduct electricity back to the operator - very important in an RV environment. Extinguishers with A ratings are also beneficial. The A rating covers common combustibles like wood and paper.

    The most common A:B:C rated extinguishers are dry chemical extinguishers. These are very effective, but create a mess, and the agent is corrosive if it is not thoroughly cleaned up. Given the great investment that RVs can represent, HalGuard Premium Clean Agent fire extinguishers are the ideal first line of defense. They are effective on B:C rated fires, and yet make no mess. In fact, they leave no residue whatsoever. An A:B:C or B:C rated extinguisher should be available as a back up.

    NFPA recommends at least one extinguisher per vehicle, but you can never have too many fire extinguishers. Be sure to keep one in any tow vehicle as well.

    All those traveling in the vehicle should know how to use the extinguisher and the types of fires that it can be used on. IF the fire extinguisher is listed and rated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which is a legal requirement in most states, this information can be found on the label, and in instruction manual that came with the extinguisher. BUYER BEWARE, extinguishers are being sold that purport to be "rated," but this is meaningless unless the label bears the mark of UL or another company approved by the local State Fire Marshal.
    Could you offer any statistics on RV fires and damage?

    Statistics regarding the number of RV fires reported every year vary from 6,500 to 20,000 - but it is clear that the numbers are significant.
    What is the most common accelerant?

    Fuel, oil transmission fluid and even anti-freeze are flammable accelerants that can be sparked by contact with a hot exhaust system or other engine part, or a short-circuited wiring. Brake fluid is also highly flammable, and friction from a dragging brake can be all it takes for a fire to ignite. Brake fires are particularly dangerous because it can be minutes before the driver notices any difference in handling.

    Dry grass can ignite from a hot exhaust system. Propane is an explosive danger, and extra care should be taken with galley stoves. They should never be left unattended. If a flame goes out, gas continues to flow.
    What is a common mistake RV owners/dealers could make - and its correct action?

    Before traveling, drivers need to inspect their vehicles for fire hazards such as leaking fluids, and have problems fixed. Fire extinguishers must be regularly inspected to insure that they are not damaged, and are fully charged. Dry chemical extinguishers should be shaken monthly to insure that the powder does not "cake up" rendering them unable to discharge effectively. Use common sense when parking and camping. Locate the RV away from potential sources of fire, and away from dry grass and other combustible materials. Have an emergency escape plan. If a fire is spreading, or already a large blaze, do not attempt to extinguish it. Leave immediately and call 911.