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Best Fire Extinguisher for a Caravan or Campervan

A caravan is a popular investment for Australian families to enable us to travel and explore our wide brown land. A caravan may be one of the most expensive a family purchases after their home and family car, so it stands to reason that a small investment in high quality fire safety comprising a portable fire extinguisher and a fire blanket is a great investment in life safety and asset protection.


Selecting the correct type of fire extinguisher for a caravan in Australia is paramount to ensuring your safety and protecting your caravan and its occupants safe from the effect from fire.

Most modern caravans are manufactured and sold with a portable fire extinguisher which is a legal requirement set out in the "Vehicle Standard (Australian Design Rule 44/01 – Specific Purpose Vehicle Requirements) 2006" by the federal government. This Standard states; Fire Extinguisher
Motorhomes and ‘Caravans’ shall be provided with a fire extinguisher(s) selected and located in accordance with the Australian Standard AS 2444 - 1985 “Portable Fire Extinguishers - Selection and Location”.

Selecting the correct type of fire extinguisher for a motorhome is based on the types of fires and risks we might typically expect in this type of environment.

Every portable fire extinguisher is given a classification (class) and rating according to its ability to control and suppress a fire.  For a motorhome, the obvious types of fires we might expect include fuel that include;

  • Class A - Combustible Materials: such as cloth, paper, wood, rubber and many plastics;
  • Class B - Flammable Liquids: such as petroleum products and oil; 
  • Class E - Electrical Equipment.

Book your FREE Fire Extinguisher Service

Every week Firewize hosts a free fire extinguisher service clinic. When you arrive for your booking a friendly member of our team will greet you and conduct the service. When we complete the service, we will mark the fire extinguisher service record, completing the service.

What is the best fire extinguisher for a caravan?

In accordance with Australian Standard AS 2444 - 1985 “Portable Fire Extinguishers - Selection and Location", The best type of fire extinguisher for a caravan is one that provides broad protection from a wide range of fire classifications. For this reason, we recommend a minimum 4A:40B:E dry chemical powder fire extinguisher rated for the following fire classifications;

  • Class A - Combustible Materials
  • Class B - Flammable Liquids
  • Class E - Electrical Equipment

We also recommend that people choose a fire extinguisher with a hose (instead of a nozzle) to control the direction of the flow of the extinguishing agent from the fire extinguisher.

With a discharge time of 14.3 seconds, an agent capacity of 2.4Kg and gross mass of 4.3Kg, this is by far the most popular fire extinguisher in Australia due to its combination of build quality, performance, gross weight, physical size, easy handling and use.

But that’s where the industry comparisons stops! Our research shows our industry leading 4A:40B:E extinguisher rating is unparalleled amongst its peers, making it comparable in performance to some extinguisher brands being sold at almost twice the size and gross weight.

Fire Extinguisher & Fire Blanket Combination

If you're concerned about fire safety for your caravan, then we have also put together this combination kit perfect for your needs. Our caravan combo kit includes the following;

  • our high performance 2.5Kg dry chemical powder fire extinguisher by far the most popular fire extinguisher in Australia for caravans due to its combination of build quality, caravan mounting bracket, performance, gross weight, physical size, easy handling and use.
  • our high quality 1.2m x 1.8m fire resistant woven fibreglass fire blanket certified to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3504. The fire blanket comes complete with a ultra-violet ("UV") resistant protective soft cover fitted with mounting eyelets and easy to release pull tabs for quick use. A fire blanket is a great choice for oil, grease or wax based kitchen fires.

The combo kit is a great choice because in combination both products cover a wide range of fires including Class A, Class B, Class C, Class E and Class F (Cooking Oil & Fat) Fires.

Each fire extinguisher provided by Firewzie also comes free with the following FIVE essential items for every caravan and caravan owner;

  • a service tag;
  • a sturdy vehicle mounting bracket;
  • a self adhesive sticker showing you how to use the fire extinguisher;
  • a training video on how to install, service and use your new fire extinguisher and fire blanket;
  • 3 years free serviceSimply bring the fire extinguisher back to us and we will complete the service (as described in AS1851:2012 (A2) for two years immediately after the date of manufacture.

The portable fire extinguisher and fire blanket in this combo kit is guaranteed against defects in materials and manufacturing workmanship for a maximum period of three years in non-aggressive environments from the manufacture date stamped on the cylinder.The three year warranty includes a replacement unit within the first 12 months from the date of order, followed by repair warranty for remaining two years (unless otherwise advised). Warranty excludes return freight. The warranty only applies when the fire extinguishers are installed to Australian Standard AS 2444 and serviced in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1851