Fire fighting equipent in your home

  Noldi 19:05 PM 29 Feb 12

Today I had to attend a Vehicle Fire Training course with the Royal Berkshire fire brigade, after the course had finished the subject changed to home and what we have around the house, I have had new mains fire and carbon monoxide alarms installed recently. What I don't have is adequate fire fighting at home like a fire blanket or extinguishers, the best piece of fire fighting equipment I could arrange at present would be a car wash bucket or a wet blanket. This weekend I will have to resolve this. How many of you are in a similar situation regarding the perpetration if you had a fire in your home.


  Flak999 19:14 PM 29 Feb 12

I have a large BCF/Halon extinguisher that I acquired during my service with the LFB. They were very good at extinguishing car fires and also fires in post boxes without damaging the contents. They can also be used on chip pan and oil based fires and electrical fires, they work very well.

Unfortunately you cannot get them anymore because of the detrimental effects they were supposed to have on the atmosphere, not sure if there is an alternative. You have to know what you are doing with them however because in certain circumstances they can give off phosgene gas.

  Bingalau 19:51 PM 29 Feb 12

I've got a big axe to break my double glazed bedroom window, as there is only one door in to the hallway which I may not be able to use.. At least five smoke alarms around the house, which is a three bedroomed semi-detached bungalow. I've got a fire blanket and an extinguisher in the kitchen. Oh yes! I also have a carbon monoxide detector. My plan is to get the hell out and let it burn, if it gets too fierce before the fire bobbies arrive.

  birdface 20:09 PM 29 Feb 12

Like most others I have none.

Would like to think that we could get out of the house some way but that is not always the case.

Fire Brigade in this area will come and fit Fire Alarms in houses free of charge.

As far as I know all fire services provide this service if asked.But I could be wrong.

Just googled it to check and it seems that quite a lot fit them free.

  morddwyd 20:12 PM 29 Feb 12

We have halon and smoke detectors, though my plan, approved by the local fire safety visitor, does not include fire fighting.

We are registered as vulnerable with the local station, and the agreed plan is that I shut myself in with my disabled wife in her bedroom, seal the door with towels wetted from the kettle/hot water bottle, or urine if no other water available, and await rescue from a fully opening window.

Seems strange when a large part of your life has been spent fighting exercise or real fires (including BA!).

  Quickbeam 20:13 PM 29 Feb 12

I've got a 2kg dry powder one under the sink unit, I put it there about 15 years ago.

This post has reminded me to check the pressure gauge on it, and I see that it's in need of a top up of whatever gas powers it. I'll do it first thing on the morrow!

  Noldi 20:21 PM 29 Feb 12

Bingalau I won't be far behind you when it comes to getting out, I think a chip pan fire or an defect electrical appliance is all I would attack, We did the course because we have lost 3 development cars to fires and the powers to be thought it would be good to give us so idea of what to do in the case of a Automotive fire, with all the new Hibrid and Lithium battery's etc, we all came to a similar conclusion if the on board plumbed in extinguisher didn't put it out we would not have a cat in hells chance especially with 600 volt battery's. Even the fire brigade admitted they would not try to extinguish a car fire without full breathing equipment because today's cars can give off some nasty fumes.


  woodchip 21:08 PM 29 Feb 12

My son-in-law is a fire fighting nut he as extinguishes all over is house, and I have some as a result of the above, kitchen as a 2KG powder, others up and down the house and in car, and they are checked regular if not he tells me that he will check and date them. they should be refilled after some years used or not

  Aitchbee 21:21 PM 29 Feb 12

My house is a fire-trap because of all the junk that is in it.

If there was a major fire in my flat, or in the ones above and below, I reckon I would be a gonner!

Thanks, Noldi, for your wake-up call.

  Flak999 21:41 PM 29 Feb 12


You are correct, all fire brigades will now come and do a home fire safety risk assessment for you and will fit smoke detectors for free. If you live in London just pop round to your local fire station and they will make an appointment to come and do a risk assessment for you.

Alternatively go to LFB HFS visit and you can book a visit online.

  Flak999 21:42 PM 29 Feb 12

I should just make clear that the link I posted is for people living in the London Fire Brigade area.


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