Fire extinguishers are suitable to use for many purposes, especially car fire extinguishers. Cars are at risk for three of the five classifications of fire types: class A, class B, and class C.
Class A fires are caused by combustible materials like paper, fabric, and wood- all of which can be a part of your car. Class B fires are caused by flammable liquids like gas, paint, and grease (these fires are at a way higher risk than other types and must be controlled as soon as possible). Class C fires are those involving energized electricals, meaning that the electricals are at least somewhat fuelled by a source of power.
What Are The Best Car Fire Extinguishers?
The short answer: dry chemical fire extinguishers are the best for your car.
These fire extinguishers can typically handle the types of fires that typically occur in cars and other types of vehicles. They work by disrupting the chemical reaction taking place in the fire and effectively extinguishing it. Dry chemical fire extinguishers are the most commonly used and work the best when used for class A, B, and C fires. However, drivers should keep in mind that these types of extinguishers can potentially damage your vehicle’s engine or electrical components contained in the car.
Where Do You Put A Fire Extinguisher In Your Car?
A fire extinguisher in the car should be easy to locate and mounted somewhere to keep it in place. A fire extinguisher that flies or rolls around during an accident could be fatal if it hits someone. An example of a bad place to put a car fire extinguisher is in the trunk of the car. Instead, place it somewhere in the interior of the car where you can easily reach it in the event of a fire.
It’s important to keep up the maintenance of your car fire extinguisher just like any other part of your vehicle. After each use, drivers should replace or recharge their fire extinguisher, even if they did not use all of the powder in the previous fire. More effective for the upkeep of your fire extinguisher is to get it inspected monthly and serviced annually, with or without a refill.
Do I Need A Car Fire Extinguisher?
It is currently not legally required that personal vehicles should have a fire extinguisher. However, there are requirements in place that recreational vehicles should have a 5 pound BC extinguisher near the exits of the RV. Most personal vehicle owners choose a 2.5 pound dry chemical fire extinguisher, as they are light, easy to handle, and small enough for the typical car.
If you do choose to keep a fire extinguisher in your car, it’s for the best. You never know when a vehicle fire can occur, and it’s important to be prepared for your safety and the safety of your property. Dry chemical fire extinguishers are optimized for most types of vehicle fires and are easy enough for anyone to be able to use.