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Old 03-18-2014, 08:29 AM   #1
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Fire!!

If you have (NOT) taken your (Dry Chemical-ABC) Fire Extinguisher from its bracket holder and turned it Upside down and Shaken and or Hit it with a Soft mallet,it might be (Useless) when needed!! RV Extinguishers shake up and down going down the road,settling the Chemicals to the Bottom,and caking! When needed only Propellent is released! Read your Label on the Ext. I bet (Most-All) have never had the Ext.out of its holder. They (Cant) be tested without (refill or replacement) so you Only get (1) chance when needed! We switched to (Foam Extinguishers) in our (Home-Vehicles-Boat) There is little or NO cleanup after use with Foam,can you say that with Dry Chemical? Also Dry Chemical is instant Killer of (Electronics),how many electronic devices are in your (Home-RV)? Youroo!!
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:38 AM   #2
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This is a timely post for me. Everything lately seems to be a fire reminder to me. On a Thousand Trails group page, there was a post yesterday or the day before talking about a refrigerator fire. The owner got out, but had nothing more than the clothes on his back.

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This all is reminding me to do a few things:
1) maintain my existing fire extinguisher
2) develop a fire escape plan
3) practice fire escape plans
4) get a refrigerator compartment fire extinguisher (Mac the RV Fire guy or something like that)
5) get additional fire extinguishers so they are where I need them
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:28 AM   #3
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Some great advice. Thanks. I will be checking mine.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:43 AM   #4
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The more you read into the fridge fires the more it makes you think. Good post BTW-Everyone needs a safety refresher as most of us are starting our season soon.

May I add a few more suggestions...

1.test your emergency escape windows EVERY TRIP. They tend to stick to the seal making opening a real problem.
2. Replace the tiny entry door unit with a larger unit.
3. Install an additional unit in an outside compartment
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:48 AM   #5
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This is one of the Dewinterizing things on my ck list and then shake them every time we go out. Fire is why my wife insists on a unit with 2 doors.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:54 AM   #6
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Just a thought as I didn't see it mentioned. How many of you have smoke detectors? Do they work? Camper may be small but when your sleeping you may not know about a fire till its too late.

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Old 03-18-2014, 10:03 AM   #7
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Just a thought as I didn't see it mentioned. How many of you have smoke detectors? Do they work? Camper may be small but when your sleeping you may not know about a fire till its too late.

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Good reminders for sure. With so many RVs in storage over the winter many will have dead batteries in the smoke detector and Carbon Monoxide detector. Replacing the batteries should be the first item on everyone's dewinterizing list.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:39 AM   #8
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We switched to (Foam Extinguishers) in our (Home-Vehicles-Boat) There is little or NO cleanup after use with Foam,can you say that with Dry Chemical? Also Dry Chemical is instant Killer of (Electronics),how many electronic devices are in your (Home-RV)? Youroo!!
Good timing on this thread. I have never been comfortable with the "tiny" extinguisher that comes stock, so now I will seriously plan on replacing it as well as adding one to the tail gate area of my truck. Never thought of the foam type, but searching the internet does not return many available options. youroo, what foam extinguishers are you using?
Are the small pressurized can type extinguishers a waste of money?
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:40 AM   #9
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do most RV smoke detectors run 9v batteries like my home? The detector was beeping in my camper when i checked last weekend but I forgot to check battery size before i left the storage place.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:49 AM   #10
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We put the Fac.installed ( Without removal cant Cook in Kitchen) Smoke Alarm and installed in Rear B/R. Put a Kitchen Smoke Alarm (with Hush button) in its place. Foam Ext.in B/R and Front door. Two (2) ext.doors and (1) ext.window. I still want Video of Members (Practicing going out the upper Emergency Window to the ground)! There are things that enter into the SAFE exit,(Age,Size,Handicaps,Darkness,Smoke,Ect.)! If you think in a Emergency that you will just JUMP Out, Practise by jumping off a (8ft) stepladder to the ground! Youroo!!
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