Protecting Yourself During a Vehicle Fire

by admin on January 8, 2017

Like most people who spend a considerable amount of time in their vehicles – either driving to and from work, picking kids up from school – or even running your business out of your vehicle (ex: plumbers, carpenters, etc.), you should always make sure that your vehicle is packed with an emergency kit.

Another thing that you should consider keeping in your vehicle is a fire extinguisher. However, just as there are different types of fires, so should you select a fire extinguisher that is most appropriate for your vehicle.

What Type of Fire Extinguisher is Best-Suited for a Car?

Most vehicles have the same types of fire hazards in common:

  • Gasoline
  • Electrical Components
  • Oil
  • Fabric (upholstery)

The type of fire extinguisher you keep in your vehicle should be able to handle a fire involving any or all of these components. So, what kind of fire extinguisher is best for a vehicle?

View the different types of fire extinguishers and the types/classes of fires they extinguish.

When it comes to your vehicle, dry powder fire extinguishers are the best choice for a vehicle.


The fire repellent contained inside of these types of fire extinguishers consists of a dry powder and are rated for use on any A, B and C or E class of fire. It will effectively extinguish fuel and electrical related fires, as well as fires involving upholstery and wood products.

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Benefits/Uses of Fire Extinguishers in Vehicles

#1 – Engine Fires

Did you know that engine fires area actually considered electrical fires? Therefore, the type of fire extinguisher needed will be different than a fire extinguisher that is used to extinguish a chemical fire or wood-burning fire.

You will need a fire extinguisher that is specifically designed for vehicles that will be able to put out the fire as well as prevent any further damage.

#2 – Other Types of Fires Within Your Vehicle

If you are one of many people who uses their commercial vehicle for business purposes, you may need to have different types of fire extinguishers professionally installed in your vehicle. For example, if your business deals with the transportation of chemical materials, you may need to have two separate fire extinguishers – one that is designed to extinguish chemical fires, and one that is designed to extinguish electrical fires.

Always check first before carrying a fire extinguisher. If you are unsure, ask a professional which type(s) of fire extinguisher(s) you need to have in your vehicle.

#3 – Help in the Event of an Auto Accident

It’s not all that unusual to see or experience a vehicle fire in the event of an auto collision. This is mostly due to the fact that gas and oil combine with friction, sparking dangerous fires.

Having a fire extinguisher can help buy time for you or for someone else to escape from your vehicle or potentially prevent a fire from becoming worse.


This 2017, why not use your professional skills, expertise, or time to help those with physical disabilities. To help you get started, we’re providing some great resources for volunteering.

Have a volunteer story about how you made a positive impact in the life of someone with a physical disability? Let us know!

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Ways to Give Back to the Physically Disabled

Volunteers of America

Enter your zip code to find local offices in your area that need volunteers. Needs range from supportive living services to in-home support services (assistance with personal care, money management, etc.) to specialized services (nursing care).

Help from  Home

Are you physically disabled or less abled to participate in traditional volunteer opportunities? Help from Home allows volunteers to give back within the confines of their own physical limitations.

Activate Good

Find volunteer opportunities in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina – both suited for those with physical disabilities to volunteer or for those who wish to volunteer to help those with physical disabilities.

Volunteer Abroad

Take your love for volunteering to another level by volunteering outside of the USA. This program is especially geared at empowering those with disabilities to volunteer.


This site provides valuable information and suggestions for working successfully with volunteers who have disabilities – from ensuring that you provide adequate accommodations to conversations.

Go Overseas

This program is focused on disabled care volunteer abroad programs that benefit children and teenagers with physical/mental disabilities.

Network for Good

Network for Good offers a number of ways to help people with disabilities. Search for volunteer opportunities with organizations close to your home.

Find great nonprofit causes close to home that benefit those with physical disabilities. Simply begin by typing in your city and state.

For more information about new or certified pre-owned wheelchair vans, contact Van Products today: 1-800-209-6133.


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