We regret to announce that

RV Safety Systems is no longer in business

We want to thank all of our loyal customers for the opportunity to serve you over the years.

If you purchased one of our proprietary Fire Detection Systems, please do not hesitate to contact us for ongoing support or product questions.


Please note:  while RV Safety Systems is no longer in business, we continue to offer for sale, various fire detection systems that we have developed over the past 10 years.  You can visit our new website:  click here


Jim Shepherd





Cold Fire® Hand held Fire Extinguishers

Please be sure to read our technical information about hand held fire extinguishers so that you will understand why we do not recommend, nor carry, ordinary dry chemical fire extinguishers  (click here to read).

Note:  this page contains a great deal of information.  The price/ordering table is at the bottom of this page.


Cold Fire® testing performed by RV Safety Systems:

The photo above were taken at a test session I held at a local fire training facility.  The testing was done on January 28, 2004 at the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District (Bailey CO) fire training center.  The test shown was done with three large car tires in a container with a mixture of diesel and gasoline.  The fuel was allowed to start the tires on fire.  The tire fire was allowed to burn for approximately one minute to make sure the tires were fully involved.  A 2.5 gallon hand-held fire extinguisher (described below) charged with Cold Fire was used to extinguish the fire.  The tires and fuel were extinguished within seconds.  The fuel and tires were then reignited and allowed to again become fully involved.  Using the same extinguisher (with no recharging) the tire/fuel fire was again extinguished.  This was repeated a third time - again using the same extinguisher with out any recharging.  Three large tire fires extinguished with one 2.5 gallon Cold Fire fire extinguisher!

I have followed the Cold Fire technology for over 15 years as it gained acceptance (and became the dominant fire suppression system) in NHRA drag racing.  I have witnessed, first hand, its unbelievable fire suppression capability.  Drag racing fires often involve large amount of nitromethane fuel and motor oil and the result is a horrendous fire.  As soon as the fire bottles are released, the fires are generally extinguished within a few seconds.  Having witnessed the racing fire fighting capabilities, I was still a bit surprised when I did the tire fire test!


General Cold Fire® information:


We are proud to be an authorized  Cold Fire distributor.

Cold Fire® gets its name from its extraordinary ability to remove HEAT from any object in which it comes in contact. The suppressants in Cold Fire® act as encapsulators that use water as a catalyst to remove heat and work to encapsulate the fuel source from a fire.

Why Use Cold Fire®?

  • UL Listed Wetting Agent for Class A & B Fires
  • EPA-SNAP Listed
  • Considered an acceptable subsitute to toxic foams and Halon 1211
  • Non-Toxic
  • Non-Corrosive-product can be dumped directly into booster tank.
  • No need to flush out lines
  • Biodegradable
  • Prevents Reignition When Properly Applied
  • Reduces Density of Hydrocarbon Smoke
  • No Messy Clean Up
  • Non-Slip
  • Indefinite Shelf Life

Industries Which Use Cold Fire®:

  • Federal, State, City & Local FIre, EMS, and Police Departments.
  • Military/Governmental Entities
  • Port Authorities
  • Aviation & Marine Industry
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Trade Industry - Plumbing, Welding, Roofing
  • Motorized Racing Industry
  • Foundries
  • Forestry
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Paper & Textile Industry
  • Mining Industry
  • Oil Refineries / Petrochemical
  • Steel Industry



Cold Fire is a superior fire suppression material, but it is a water based solution.  As such, it can freeze when exposed to low temperatures.  However, by adding potassium acetate to the solution, the freezing point can be reduced to as low as -76 degrees F (50% solution by weight).  A 35% solution will reduce the freezing point to -22 degrees F.  Potassium acetate is generally sold as a dry powder.  

Cold Fire is available in a premixed solution with a -50 degree protection. They use potassium acetate.   It is available in 5 gallon containers but it is very expensive ($200). 

The 50% solution means that the solution is equal parts of PA (dry powder) and water by weight.  Using weight to determine solutions (as opposed to volume) can be a bit confusing since the PA adds to the volume of the water.  The following will simplify making the solution:

  • 50% solution (-76 degrees F):  use 5.4 pounds of dry powder PA and add water to make one gallon

  • 35% solution (-22 degrees F):  use 3.5 pounds of dry powder PA and add water to make one gallon

Potassium acetate is classified as "non-hazardous" according to MSDS information.  It is widely used as a spray for airport runways to prevent freezing.  On the opposite side of the scale, it is sometimes used as a component for IVs in hospitals when patients need added potassium.  PA can be found at some large chemical distributors.  Unfortunately, they sell it in rather large bulk containers

Kidde markets a freeze proof additive for the 2.5 gallon extinguisher.  The part number is AX506.  It is a mixture of potassium acetate and potassium carbonate.  Cold Fire has not tested this material with the Cold Fire concentrate/water mixture. 


Portable Fire Extinguishers:

Our high performance handheld extinguishers are easily charged by the owner using shop air.  They are grouped by the charge pressure.  Each extinguisher is made of the stainless steel for long life.  Each extinguisher comes with one 32 OZ bottle of Cold Fire® concentrate.

1.5 and 2.5 Gallon extinguishers.  These units have a large volume with the capability of extinguishing very significant fires. They should be charged to 125 PSI.  You can download instructions on charging of these units here.


  • 1.5 Gallon:  7 inch diameter, 19 inches tall

  • 2.5 Gallon:  7 inch diameter, 24.5 inches tall




1- to 4-Liter extinguishers.  These units have less volume than the 1.5 and 2.5 gallon extinguishers, but because they are charged to 175 PSI, coupled with the extreme fire suppression capacity of Cold Fire®,  they have great capability for fighting many fires that the RV owner might encounter.  They are far superior to dry chemical extinguishers and don't leave any of the mess, or cause corrosion problems.  Their compact size makes them ideal for most RV applications.  You can download instructions on charging of these units here.

These units have a rather large conical spray pattern.  That makes excellent units for inside the house or coach.  We have one in the bedroom of the coach.  Our escape plan is to use that extinguisher to spray our way out of the coach in the event of a fire inside the coach when we are in bed.


  • 1 Liter:  3.5 inch diameter, 13.5 inches tall

  • 2 Liter:  4.5 inches diameter, 15.5 inches tall

  • 3 Liter:  5.0 inches diameter, 18.5 inches tall

  • 4 Liter:  5.5 inches diameter, 19.5 inches tall


Bracket for the 1- to 4- Liter handheld extinguishers


32 oz. Concentrate of Cold Fire®

Application: Easy-to-use bottle to re-fill 1.5 and 2.5 gallon water extinguishers. 


5 gallon containers of Cold Fire® concentrate.

We carry the large containers of concentrate for use by race car teams or race tracks.




Description SKU # Price
1 1/2 Gal. Extinguisher CF-2 157.00
2 1/2 Gal. Extinguisher CF-3 160.00
1 Liter Extinguisher HH-1 75.00
2 Liter Extinguisher HH-2 95.00
3 Liter Extinguisher HH-3 115.00
4 Liter Extinguisher HH-4 125.00
Bracket for 1 Liter Extinguisher HH-1-Bracket 13.00
Bracket for 2 Liter Extinguisher HH-2-Bracket 16.50
Bracket for 3 Liter Extinguisher HH-3-Bracket 20.00
Bracket for 4 Liter Extinguisher HH-4-Bracket 25.00
32 oz. concentrate CF-4 18.75
5 Gallon container of Cold Fire® Concentrate CF-5 196.00