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;
220.127.116.11. 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.