You’ve been driving to work in the early morning, minding your own business when you suddenly smell smoke. You check your rearview mirror and see flames coming from the engine bay. Your car is on fire! What should you do?
The first thing that comes to mind might be reaching for a fire extinguisher, but which one should you buy?
Some people will recommend that everyone have an extinguisher mounted into their vehicle- this is a good idea but it’s not always practical or affordable.
A better solution would be buying an inexpensive portable fire extinguisher like this 1 kg or 2 kg size powder model (or less) which is adequate and extremely affordable. And sometimes they’re supplied with a mounting bracket that prevents it from rolling around and getting damaged.
Most car fires, especially small ones like oil or fuel burning on the engine from overspray of gasoline, can be extinguished with a one-kilogram extinguisher (or less). Using a larger fire extinguisher is often not necessary- that’s what you should have in your home- but for cars? Really all that’s required is either no more than a two kilograms size powder model OR lighter models such as foam or dry chemical agents which are even cheaper to purchase AND easier to store!
There are also really cool new units coming out soon called “fire retardant” type vehicles which will require special types of firefighting equipment to put them out so there may be some merit in having a fire extinguisher just in case.
-A small powder fire extinguisher is all that’s required for most car fires – one kg or two kg size extinguishers (or less) are adequate and extremely affordable. And sometimes, they’re supplied with a mounting bracket to prevent it from rolling around and getting damaged.
-Usually, only larger cars require more than the minimum requirement of an engine compartment-sized fire extinguishers such as foam or dry chemical agents which are even cheaper to purchase AND easier to store! There may be some merit in having a fire extinguishing system ready if you get these new vehicles called “fire retardant” type because they will require special types of equipment to put them out so there may be some merit.
small powder fire extinguishers for cars are all that’s required and they’re very affordable. The ones my car came with don’t have a bracket but I get the feeling that it’s not really necessary because it doesn’t roll around much when you move it. Some people recommend installing brackets to increase stability
-Fire Extinguishers, like so many other things in life, can be divided into two main categories: operating mechanisms or construction materials. There is no one general answer to this question as different types of fires require different usage instructions; however, we do know some basics about each type of available car engine compartment fire extinguishers?I always just assumed there was only one size…but apparently, there are others that would make sense. when a car ignites, it usually starts with a small flame and then spreads, but that’s when you need to take action. Some extinguishers can be used on all types of fires while others are restricted in their usage instructions.
-Car Engine Compartment Fire Extinguisher? Powder fire extinguishers come in two sizes: the smaller one is good for about 15 pounds of powder (or less) or they’ll provide enough protection for up to 20 square feet; larger ones use 40 pounds of powder – which will cover an area of 80 square feet. Smaller units should have brackets so they don’t roll around too much! Powder fire extinguishers work better than water because the foam from water would actually feed the flames. I always just assumed there was a difference between a fire and an engine compartment, but I guess not.
-Kitchen Fire Extinguisher? The kitchen is the first place in your home where most people would use a small extinguisher to put out fires like grease cooking on the stove or food frying that’s spilled onto the countertop – these are both considered Class A Fires which can be extinguished with water from a nearby sink, bowl of ice cubes, a glass of wine (the alcohol helps contain it) or even just turning off the pan. It’s also important to note that some types of extinguishers might only work on certain types of fires because they’re designed for different combustible materials: CO² [dry chemical] extinguishers will help cut down fumes while wet chemical extinguishers (usually a mixture of ammonium phosphate) smothers flames.
-What Type Of Extinguisher? Generally speaking, residential extinguishers are classified as ‘ABC’: A-Water; B-Dry Chemical, also called “white powder”; C-Wet Chemical – This type is typically used on grease fires that involve cooking oils or animal fats in the kitchen and other places where water may not be safe to use: bathrooms, garages, etc.; ABC stands for fire types: Class A Fires which burn things like wood, paper, and cloth while Class B Fires can include flammable liquids such as gasoline.)
The size you need depends on how large your engine compartment area is–the rule of thumb is one liter per 1 tonne!
-It’s important to understand that extinguishers are rated for a certain type of fire so, if you have more than one type in your engine compartment area, then purchase an appropriate extinguisher.
Don’t forget to check the expiration date on it and use it before it expires!
Chemical Extinguishers: work by smothering flames with their chemical contents (usually ammonium phosphate) — they’re used primarily as ‘clean agent’ types because they don’t leave any residue behind; Wet Chemical Extinguishers contains chemicals like potassium acetate or sodium bicarbonate–they can be sprayed onto surfaces to coat them and suppress heat without leaving anything harmful behind (unlike dry chemical); Dry chemical extinguishers are made primarily of ammonium phosphate and work just as well on electrical fires.
A small powder fire extinguisher is all that’s required for most car fires – size extinguishers (or less) are adequate and extremely affordable. And sometimes, they’re supplied with a mounting bracket that prevents it from rolling around and getting damaged. Don’t forget to check the expiration date on it and use it before it expires! But if you have more than one type in your engine compartment area, then purchase an appropriate extinguisher. Chemical Extinguishers: work by smothering flames with their chemical contents (usually ammonia phosphate).