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Old 05-30-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Fire Extinguisher - Which Kind?

I believe I have dry chemical extinguishers in our MH.
I have been told that using these inside the coach will damage/destroy the electical wiring system and all electronics components?
Is this true?

Don't get me wrong, if the coach is on fire I will not be worried about saving the electronics!

But what if it is a small issue, maybe on the stove or something. I would like to know that I can put the fire out without risking the entire electrical system.

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
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Not true at all. The powder in the dry extinguisher is non-conducting and non-corrosive. It is, however, a mess to clean up because it's so fine, and it also can be a respiratory irritant if breathed in confined spaces. If you need to use it, use it and then vacate the area until the dust settles. The powder will clog bags in a vacuum much more quickly than household dirt, so check the bags often during cleanup. Exact properties depend on the extinguisher but can be found at Fire extinguisher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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Pigman1 is right. Fire extinguishers are rated by class for the type of fires they are to be used on.

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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I use dry-chem, as they are effective and smaller than CO2. The dry chem won't hurt wiring. It is a bitch to clean up after, but how often do you think you might have to clean up after a fire? Not very often, right? It's a good choice. They are small, efficient and easy to use.
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