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Automobile Fire Extinguishers

Auto fires are usually associated in one's mind with a vehicle wreck or collision.  However, fires can be caused by a number of other reasons.
Unlike damage caused by a collision which can be repaired, serious automotive fires will often result in your car being "totaled".  The heat from the fire can reduce the strength of the metal which are almost impossible to repair satisfactorily.  If the wiring is burned then replacement of that wiring can be very expensive. 

But, more importantly than the damage to your car is the possibility of serious injury to you or your family.
If you are driving with small children buckled into car seats in the back seat of your car then exiting a burning car may not be done as quickly as you think it can. 

For your safety and your children's safety we would recommend carrying an Auto Fire Extinguisher (found on Ebay) at all times. 

Other things that you can do which will help prevent a fire in the first place are:

  • Clean out trash from under seats and on the floors.  If you or your passenger is a smoker then this is especially important because a lighted cigarette falling on trash could easily start a fire.
  • Check your vehicle's fuel lines for cracks and deterioration.  The fuel lines in older cars are made of materials that are less tolerant of today's gas which contains ethanol.
  • A oil-soaked, filthy engine is just a fuel source waiting on a fire.  If you keep your engine compartment clean then it also makes it a lot easier to spot a fuel or other fluid type leak.
  • Installing aftermarket electronics like stereos improperly can lead to fires.  Overheated wires caused by a short circuit will lead to plastic insulation melting and cause surrounding materials to catch fire.  So, if you are a do-it-yourselfer or have a friend install these type components be sure to insulate connections in order to prevent sparks and use the correct amperage fuses for power sources.
  • If you smell gas be sure to follow up and find the source and have it repaired.

If you are not real knowledgeable of how all your car's components work and whether or not they have been properly repaired then at least take the precaution of carrying an automobile fire extinguisher.

Our pick is the First Alert Auto Fire Extinguisher.  It is compact and manufactured by a company known for being first rate in fire extinguishers of all types. 

This Extinguisher is rated class 5-B:C effective against live electrical equipment fires and flammable liquid fires. 
Other features include:

  • Easy mounting with a secure car extinguisher mounting bracket
  • In order to prevent damage in a vehicle it has extra stability added
  • Can make sure pressure is still good with the easy-test pressure check push button
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Red color, so it is easier to see in an emergency

Here are a few FAQs that you might have about Fire Extinguishers.

  • What is proper Fire Extinguisher Storage? - Modern Fire Extinguishers can be store horizontally as well as vertically.  The extinguishers will not leak because the contents are under pressure. Store your extinguisher where it will be able to reach in case of fire.  Do not allow your fire extinguisher to freeze.
  • Is discharging a small amount a way to test my fire extinguisher? - No, if you discharge any amount of the product you will void your warranty and you should replace your extinguisher.  The recommended way for testing your fire extinguisher is one of two way.  If your extinguisher has a pressure pin on top then press in the pin.  If it pops back up, then it is still pressurized.  If your model has a pressure gauge then if the needle is in the green the unit is pressurized.
  • Will my fire extinguisher still work if it is almost empty? - If your unit is a rechargeable one then as long as the needle is in the green it is fully pressurized.  If your unit is non-rechargeable and has been discharged, it is recommended that you replace it.
  • Is it safe to store a fire extinguisher in a car? - They can be stored in a car if the ambient (usual/average) temperature does not exceed the UL Rating indicated in the owners' manual, which is usually 040 to 120 degrees F.

Different Fire Extinguishers

Extinguishers are divided into four categories which indicate the different types of fires they are designed to extinguish.  There is also a numerical rating that gives an indication of the amount of fire the extinguisher can handle.  The higher the number, the more fire-fighting power.  Following is an explanation of the four class categories.

  • Class A - These extinguishers are used for ordinary combustible materials such as wood, paper, most plastics and cardboard.  For Class A extinguishers the numerical rating indicates the amount of water it holds and the amount of fire it can extinguish.
  • Class B - These extinguishers are used for flammable or combustible liquids such as grease, gasoline, oil and kerosene.  For Class B extinguishers the numerical rating indicates the approximate number of square feet of fire it can extinguish.
  • Class C - These extinguishers are used for fires involving electrical equipment such as wiring, outlets, appliances and circuit breakers.  For Class C fires you should never use water because the risk of electrical shock is too great.  A Class C extinguisher does not have a numerical rating.
  • Class D - These extinguishers are commonly used in chemical laboratories.  They are for fires that involve combustible metals, such as potassium, magnesium, sodium and titanium.  Class D extinguishers also have no numerical rating.

Vehicle Fire Extinguishers

If your children are old enough it is a good idea to introduce them to the fire extinguisher and how it works.  Children learn quickly and can often think more clearly in an emergency than adults do.

For the safety of yourself and your children riding in their car seats check out and purchase an auto fire extinguisher today for each of your vehicles.

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