I asked my local fire brigade for some advice before fitting fire equipment to my motorhome, and they said, “Don’t fight the fire, just get everyone out.”
No-one would disagree with this, but most cooks would be prepared to throw a fire blanket over a flaming pan once everyone else had left.
After that, most people would also be prepared to operate an accessible fire extinguisher from outside the motorhome, in the hope of limiting the flames until help arrived. While such actions must be without risk to life and limb, anything that improves the chance of turning off and removing the gas bottles reduces the likelihood of quite a serious explosion.
The Caravan and Motorhome Club recommends a fire blanket to BS EN 1869; it must be within easy reach of the cook and if possible, between the cooker and the exit door.
Although I obviously value my fire blanket, I don’t want to have to look at it all the time. My way of keeping it out of sight, yet accessible, was to find a small but convenient space where it could be neatly recessed.
First, I took the blanket out of its bag, rolled it and pushed it into a plastic tube. The tube size will depend on your blanket, but mine went inside a 540mm length of 50mm white plastic wastepipe, with a plug at the inside end.
After checking behind the panel, I used a 50mm holesaw to cut a hole in a wooden partition to hide the tube inside a cupboard with just the end exposed, by the kitchen.
The offcut of black Perspex, clearly labelled ‘Fire Blanket’, was the finishing touch.
1 The fire blanket is supplied in a red bag, but was rolled up and fitted into a piece of white plastic wastepipe.
2 A 50mm holesaw was used to make a hole to accommodate the plastic pipe.
3 Now the fire blanket is easily inserted into, and removed from, its neat new home.
4 The finishing touch was to glue black Perspex trim on the front.
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