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Old 11-23-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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Fire Extinguishers

I have a fire extinguisher behind the co-pilots seat that is 8 years old. It has a full charge and has the letters "BC" on it.

It is still good or should I replace it? What does "BC" stand for?

Also want to put another extinguisher in the bedroom. Whats a good unit to buy?
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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BC means the extinguisher can be used on Class B & C fires.

From the OSHA web site...

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Class A extinguishers are used on fires involving ordinary combustibles, such as wood, cloth, and paper. Class B extinguishers are used on fires involving liquids, greases, and gases. Class C extinguishers are used on fires involving energized electrical equipment. Class D extinguishers are used on fires involving metals such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, and potassium.
I would want a Class A extinguisher for the bedroom. B or BC is good for the galley area. No greases or gases but lots of wood and fabric to burn.

I'm guessing the BC extinguisher is a dry chemical type. They tend to compact and get semi-solid after several years on sitting around. Turn it upside down, shake firmly and listen carefully - see if you hear the powder move around. If not, replace it. Might take several shakes to get it loosened up again. It's a good idea to invert and shake dry chemical extinguishers once or twice a year to keep them loose inside.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:38 AM   #3
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Good info from Gary and I'm adding a link for Mac the Fire Guy with his recommedations. Go to his home page too and see photos of Fires in MH.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
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IMHO, as a former firefighter. I carry two ABC units, sometimes called "universal" extinguishers. One is where the manufacturer put it, near the door, which is in the galley and another in the bedroom. This keeps it simple. These extinguisher are designed to be used on A, B, or C fires so they will not cause a problem when used on any of them. My concern with carrying an A, is that if someone happens to grab it for an electrical or grease fire by mistake, there is the potential for a big problem. The only downside of a universal is that they do contain dry chemicals and they make a bit of a mess.
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I also carry an A B C in my Rover. You also never know when you might happen across another traveler with a engine fire, etc.
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IMHO, as a former firefighter. I carry two ABC units, sometimes called "universal" extinguishers.
Let's see.. I have the manufacturer's toy size (Recently bounced around to loosen up the powder) in the usual spot.

25 pounds of powder behind the driver's seat (position changed often so as to acomplish non-packing)

about a pint of foam next to the bed, my side (In the event of a fire I will react, Wife will be "Deer in headlights" so it's on my side) and another one next to the exit door above the factory install.

Plus a pressurized water bottle atop the propane tank (Figure if the plastic bottle melts, water cascading down on the tank will be a good thing). I won't tell you what else is in there but like the water, It does not support combustion.
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Thanks to everyone that responded. Lot's of good info.

Gary RVRoamer - I took my unit out of the holder and as you suggested it is a dry chemical type. Shook it real good and could feel the powder moving inside.

JohnFreyja - Great info. Everyone should look at Mac the Fireguy's website. The pictures of those MH's burnt to the ground are a real eye opener. Mac's video tutorial on how to escape your MH is also excellent. After watching this I opened my escape window in the bedroom (never done this before) and it was stuck shut as Mac suggested it might be. His point about how heavy these windows are and how hard they are to keep open when trying to escape is right on point. I will make a window hold open bar as he suggested and keep it right by our bed. I'm also going to contact him about his products.

demoon & WoodGlue - gong to follow your lead and replace my "BC" with an "ABC" by the front door. This coupled with a couple of the smaller units like those that Mac the Fireguy sells will be fine for the bedroomand one for the galley.

Thanks again everyone.......excellent info. Can never be to safe
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:41 PM   #8
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I carry 3 - 7# serviceable ABC extinguishers, 1 in bedroom, 1 where the OEM extinguisher was installed (Next to the entry door) and 1 in a passenger side exterior compartment.

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I have two extinguishers mounted by the entrance door and three others spread around the luggage bays on both sides.
If I roll on my side or am trapped up against a guardrail I can still get an extinguisher. All bays are left unlocked while moving.

I am going to add another extinguisher inside my toad.

Overkill??? You'll be happy to see me roll up if you are having a problem.

I've used a fire extinguisher twice in my life and both times prevented a disaster. Well worth every penny spent.
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Something to remember is that the powder from extinguishers is a corosive and can and will damage electronic boards,computers,cell phones,appliances that have boards as well. Most MH now contain numerous items than can be damaged from this powder. Remember that when you should have a fire and need to deal with your insurance.
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My brother recently had a fire in the machine shed when he grabbed the 36 year old fire extinguisher to put the fire out it wouldn't work.
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Here is an easy way to remember what the classifications of fires are-
Class A= ASH- anything that leaves an ash when burnt, normally paper and wood.
Class B= BOIL- Flammable liquids.
Class C= CIRCUIT- Electrical fires.
Class D= Flammable metals. WARNING USE NO WATER TO EXTINGUISH!! Use Metal-X powder only.
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In case of fire .........Out the window or door.......unhook the toad......... Call Allstate........ NOTE: Don't call Allstate BEFORE the fire !
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the fire extinguisher is there to allow you and yours to GET OUT! unless the fire is really small, forget about trying to put it out. GET OUT!!! you cant collect insurance if you are dead.
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