The best type of car fire extinguisher will vary depending on several factors but all cars should have one. Cars can catch fire for a variety of reasons and in order to be safe you should be prepared to fight the fires.
The easiest and most common ways to store your car fire extinguisher are to mount it underneath the drivers seat or to the inside of the trunk. One important factor to consider when purchasing a car fire extinguisher is the size of the vehicle.
Car fires can occur for varies reasons. Some car fires are the result of a manufacturing defect that wasn’t caught before the car was sold.
Car accidents are another common reason for car fires, after the impact if the gas tank in impacted a fire can easily ignite.
The most common reason for car fires comes from electrical problems with the car. It can be something as simple as a frayed wire that ignites a spark and fire erupts.
Types of Car Fire Extinguishers
There are several types of fire extinguishers on the market today.
- Class A are effective in putting out fires involving wood, paper, plastic and textiles.
- Class B are most effective against liquids that have ignited including oil and gasoline.
- Class C are used in fighting live electrical fires. In each class there are also stored-pressure and cartridge-operated models.
Dry powder fire extinguishers come with the ability to treat Class A, B or C fires.
Fire extinguishers come in many sizes, but it’s actually quite simple to pick the right size for your car. A 2 pound (or 1 kilogram) model fire extinguisher is the best fit for most cars since it is lightweight, easy to handle and easy to store.
Of course if you’re driving a larger vehicle you may want to go with a larger size but under 5 pounds should work for most vehicles, even commercial ones.
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
If you’re ever in a situation where your car does catch fire there is a simple way to remember to use your fire extinguisher. It’s often referred to as the P.A.S.S. technique.
- Step 1 pull the pin on the fire extinguisher which will break the tamper seal.
- Step 2 aim the the extinguisher at the lowest point of the fire being careful not to touch the nozzle as it can be very cold.
- Step 3 squeeze the handle to release the chemicals in the extinguisher.
- Step 4 sweep the fire extinguisher from side to side until the fire appears to be out.
If the fire reignites repeat steps 2-4 until it’s safely out.
Car fires can be deadly but if you’re prepared you can fight them. All you need is a small fire extinguisher, preferably a 2 pound dry powder one. Dry power is best for cars since it can treat the most common types of car fires.