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Fire Extinguishers for Lodges and Holiday Homes

What is the best multi-purpose fire extinguisher for use within lodges and holiday accommodations? Classically, going back several years, the answer was always small 1 and 2kg powder extinguishers. However, the holiday industry has moved away from powder type extinguishers over the years as the clean-up from a discharged powder extinguisher can be quite extensive and costly.

The discharge of a powder extinguisher within buildings can cause a sudden reduction of visibility and can also impair breathing, which could temporarily jeopardize escape, rescue or other emergency action.

This can leave holiday home owners with a decision to make – what is the most suitable small, all-round extinguisher to be used by holiday makers who may have had no training in the use of extinguishers? Water mist fire extinguishers are versatile and can be used on most common types of fire found in caravans, lodges or holiday accommodation including fires involving electrical equipment. Containing only de-ionised water, they are 100% non-toxic and will not leave any nasty residue when discharged. This means that if discharged by your guests, the clean-up will be easy and there will be no adverse health effects from the extinguisher.

So, how do powder and water mist extinguishers compare with each other? The table below compares some of the key features of each extinguisher:

  Water Mist Extinguisher Powder Extinguisher
Suitable for use on

Class A, B, C, F* plus electrical equipment (up to 1000 Volt)

Class A, B, and C plus electrical equipment
Residue UltraFire water mists are residue-free as they contain only de-ionised water. An accidentally discharged extinguisher causes very little harm. Chemical powder, eats into soft furnishings and corrodes metals. It is very difficult to clean up after a powder extinguisher has been discharged.
Impact from misuse by guests Can be sprayed on animals and people without harm and causes minimal clean-up after use. Can harm people and animals and will cause expensive clean-up costs.
Impact on electrics Electric equipment can usually be re-used after being sprayed with water mist. Electrical items need replacing after powder is sprayed on them.
Ease-of-use The extinguisher produces a plume of water mist which protects the user from some of the heat and acrid smoke of fire. It is very simple to aim and direct at a fire. Short, powerful bursts of the powder work well but the cloud of powder can cause breathing problems and can lead to disorientation due to the loss of sight.
Sustainability 100% Recyclable, easily serviced and refilled. 1 and 2kg powder extinguishers do not get refilled or recycled and are difficult to service.

*We do not recommend using water mist on anything above a 5F rated fire (this is equivalent to an average domestic deep fat fryer).

It quickly becomes clear that the benefits offered by powder extinguishers are also offered by water mist extinguishers. Water mist extinguishers are the best extinguishers for holiday homes and lodges and when purchased together with a fire blanket will cover all common fire risks in this type of environment.

For further information please see our help guide – Fire Safety for Holiday Lets

 

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Reviewed: 28/02/2023 (doc:486 V1.2). Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.

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