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:
- Electrical Components
- 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?
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.
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.