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We've got a fire blanket hanging near the cooker in our caravan, and thinking of an extinguisher. The problem is, where to fix it? "Near the door" is the usual advice, but in our van (Pageant Monarch) the only piece of woodwork solid enough to take the weight, and near the door, is taken up by the 12v switch panel (yes it's a very convenient place for that) and by the smoke alarm. Any ideas?

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Hi,

best site is near the exit door so if you have a fire and go for the extinguisher only to find thing have got worse you can escape, this is the standard advice we gave out and it makes sense BUT how to fix it to the wall ? well I used hollow wall anchors ( screwfix, part No 18266 ) these grip the wall without having to have a solid backing. They grip walls from6mm thick. I then fixed the extinguisher bracket to the wall using the screws. Have used these fixings on three caravans when wanting to fix all sorts of things to the walls were their was no way to otherwise do so I have had no problems with this fixing method . Dry powder type of extinguisher is best -- if messy !

david 1220

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Don't forget to tip the thing upside down and give it a good shake on a regular basis . . or you may come to use use it (God forbid )and find all the Bi Carb will have 'caked' due to vibration . ....

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We just lay ours down near the door along the right hand wall. When travelling it goes in a plastic box with all the other things that don't have a travelling home.

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Hi,

the powder used to fill the extinguishers has ( or should have ) anti- caking compounds mixed with it. no harm in giving it a shake - but dont unscrew the top -- might be under pressure.

david 1220

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We keep ours under the sink. ... Ours has had a good shake lately. .. Due to the state of entering sites, Speed Humps, etc.

I read somewhere that the fire service recommend its positioned near the door.

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Is this the van?

 

On the floor near the door is where mine goes. Upright on the right.

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We keep ours on the floor, just inside the entrance door. The idea being that in the event of a fire you all get out and only then reach back in for the extinguisher if possible.

 

Bob

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we keep ours next to the door like every-one else seems to do but i'm thinking of putting it a bit nearer to our sleeping area as it seems to me that if a fire do'es start, god forbid, it's gunna be while we're asleep, otherwise we'd see it and act accordingly.

 

while we're on the subject it maybe worth while to mention that fire extinguisers such as we might use, are only an aid to help you get out of a potentially fatal situation and should not be used to attempt to put out a full blown blaze, apart from owt else there is insufficient powder in the units to effectively fight a fire once it's took hold.

 

my own rule of thumb would be get out and stay out, a 'van and it's equipment can be replaced, you and yours can't

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We keep ours on the floor, just inside the entrance door. The idea being that in the event of a fire you all get out and only then reach back in for the extinguisher if possible.

 

Bob

Same here the weight of it is taken up by placing it on the floor and its screws into the side of the cooker housing to stop it moving away again it handy for access if once everyone's out and its safe to do so.

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We keep ours on the floor, just inside the entrance door. The idea being that in the event of a fire you all get out and only then reach back in for the extinguisher if possible.

 

Bob

 

This is exactly what we do.

 

I did query once, on the forum, why manufacturers don't fit them as standard, as it is minimal cost, and the consensus was that the priority was to get out of the van and summon assistance and extinguishers should only be used by trained operators on relatively minor fires.

 

Bill

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Thanks to everyone ! I confess to being an unimaginative so-and-so because while I HAD thought of placing it on the floor, it just hadn't occurred to me to screw it to the wall there! Thanks again, Gracie

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My advice: between the door & the cooker. If you really can't screw in to anything then stick the bracket on. There's a company called MARNIC that does super-duper double sided sticky stuff. They specialise in the automotive & aeronautic industries & the stuff is quite dear. If you smile very sweetly at them they might send you a sample.

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If you can access the rear of the surface where you want to fix the extinguisher glue a piece of plywood there and screw the holder to give you a firm fix. Mine is at floor level near the door, If the fire needs the use of an extinguisher it is at hand or more to the point get out of the caravan first and then worry about the fire.

 

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Our extinguisher had been factory fitted using ordinary screws into a hollow panel. Needless to say it came loose. The solution was some very short metal domestic style fixings-the type that has 4 strips of metal that bend out to increase the surface area being gripped at the rear of the panel. They a solid and reliable fixing, and are available from caravan accessory shops

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I have a small one that sits in front drawer till I make bed up then it sits on top in case needed during the night

Larger one sits beside step in awning as it's better to be out than in as you should be out when going to use

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I don't understand this "near the door" advice. I have one over the door as I had a bracket there, but I have one in one of the front lockers, over our bed.

 

My thinking is that ; if I can get to the door to grab the extinguisher. .then I can get out.

The one by the door is mainly used when we have a BBQ. I always keep it by my chair. .just in case.

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Our cooker is next to the door so the extinguisher and the blanket hang on the cooker as you walk in.

 

My stepfather had his extinguisher bolted to the underside of his caravan step: invisible to anyone who might come to help, he reasoned it was readily available in the awning to those who knew where it was. He and Mum were changing their van once a year at that point so it saved fixing the extinguisher in different vans.

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. ... I keep mine, screwed to the door in between the cooker and fridge, fire blanket is there, too . ....

 

Cheers

 

Pete

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Can I ask, do you all leave the extinguisher on the wall when travelling?? We were worried about it wobbling about in transit.

 

Nickie

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We have two extinguishers one is between the bedroom and the cooker and the other is by the caravan's door, we also have a fire blanket which is mounted to the left of the kitchen area.

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