Truck Camper Fire Extinguishers Are Not All Created Equal

Fires and Truck Campers

Fire safety is an important part of truck camper ownership.  Unfortunately, most truck campers’ users neglect and take their fire extinguishers for granted until they are needed to extinguish a fire. 

Truck camper on fire

 

The Varies Classes of Extinguishers

Do you know the class of extinguishers you have in your truck camper? 

Varies classes are:

  • Class A for burning paper, plastics, wood, carpet, fabric, fiberglass, rubber, general everyday combustibles, etc.
  • Class B for flammable liquids, motor fuel, propane, etc.
  • Class C for energized electrical equipment, wiring, outlets, motors, etc.
  • Class D for metals, including brake components
  • Class K for fires in cooking appliances involving animal and vegetable fats.

A Truck Camper’s Minimum Requirement 

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires that TCs must have a minimum of B+C rated fire extinguisher by the exit.

Using the wrong type could potentially make your fire worse, so it’s important to make sure that you have the right type of fire extinguisher on hand in your TC.

What Are the Class Rating?

Truck camper’s fire extinguishers are available with multiple class ratings such as A+B, B+C, and A+B+C, which can be used to put out several types of fire.  A fire extinguisher with multiple classes will display on the labeling the kinds of fires it can extinguish.  For fires where the extinguisher is not used to extinguish, a fire may have a red diagonal line through the image.

Chart showing varies class of fires

Using the wrong type could make your fire worse, so it is important to make sure that you have the right type of fire extinguisher to hand in your truck camper.

How to use your Fire Extinguisher

Pull the pin, which is located at the top of the fire extinguisher.

Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the flames.

Squeeze the handle or trigger, standing approximately 8 to 10 feet away from the fire.

 Sweep the extinguisher from side to side at the base of the fire until it is out.

Truck camper on fire

Check the condition of your Fire Extinguisher.

Your RV’s fire extinguisher should be inspected every month to determine whether ​it still ​has pressure.​  If the gauge shows low or empty, it should be recharged or replaced right away.  Never test the fire extinguisher by doing a partial discharge.

To prevent a loss of the fire extinguisher contents, only pull the pin to extinguish a fire.  Before installing the pin, release a short burst to confirm the extinguisher is working properly.  Reinstall the pin, update the inspection tag with the refilling date.

Chart showing how to use an extinguisher

Every month, a dry powder or dry chemical extinguisher needs to be turned upside down, shaken a few times and tapped on the bottom to keep the powder loose.


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Pull the pin, which is located at the top of the fire extinguisher.

Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the flames.

Squeeze the handle or trigger, standing approximately 8 to 10 feet away from the fire.

 Sweep the extinguisher from side to side at the base of the fire until it is out.

Truck camper on fire

Check the condition of your Fire Extinguisher.

Your RV’s fire extinguisher should be inspected every month to determine whether ​it still ​has pressure.​  If the gauge shows low or empty, it should be recharged or replaced right away.  Never test the fire extinguisher by doing a partial discharge.

To prevent a loss of the fire extinguisher contents, only pull the pin to extinguish a fire.  Before installing the pin, release a short burst to confirm the extinguisher is working properly.  Reinstall the pin, update the inspection tag with the refilling date.

Chart showing how to use an extinguisher

Every month, a dry powder or dry chemical extinguisher needs to be turned upside down, shaken a few times and tapped on the bottom to keep the powder loose.


Any suggestions, comments – good or bad – please contact us at

webmaster@northeast-truckcampers.org . Thank you.


Remember the word PASS – – 

Pull the pin, which is located at the top of the fire extinguisher.

Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the flames.

Squeeze the handle or trigger, standing approximately 8 to 10 feet away from the fire.

 Sweep the extinguisher from side to side at the base of the fire until it is out.

Truck camper on fire

Check the condition of your Fire Extinguisher.

Your RV’s fire extinguisher should be inspected every month to determine whether ​it still ​has pressure.​  If the gauge shows low or empty, it should be recharged or replaced right away.  Never test the fire extinguisher by doing a partial discharge.

To prevent a loss of the fire extinguisher contents, only pull the pin to extinguish a fire.  Before installing the pin, release a short burst to confirm the extinguisher is working properly.  Reinstall the pin, update the inspection tag with the refilling date.

Chart showing how to use an extinguisher

Every month, a dry powder or dry chemical extinguisher needs to be turned upside down, shaken a few times and tapped on the bottom to keep the powder loose.


Any suggestions, comments – good or bad – please contact us at

webmaster@northeast-truckcampers.org . Thank you.