Car Fire Extinguisher

Most people are content with having fire extinguishers in their homes and office without realising that there is still another place where they need to install this reliable fire safety device. The car is also a place that requires fire extinguisher installation. Car owners should be aware that the vehicle may also be prone to fire accidents and that they need the right extinguisher to prevent damage and injuries that may be brought about by this kind of incident. Good thing there is such a thing called a car fire extinguisher, which as the name implies, is the perfect safety device for your precious car.

Car fire extinguisher is usually a compact version of the same powder extinguisher that you can find in many offices and stores. This is because powder is a mufti-purpose extinguishing agent that can put out three classes of fire, namely, Class A, B, and E fires. Class A is those that involve burning wood, paper, or cloth. Because the car has cloth furnishing, it has to have an extinguisher that can combat this kind of fire. Class B, meanwhile, are those that originated from flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel and oils. Since the car operates on fuel, this would also be a viable tool for extinguishing fuel fires. Lastly, Class E is those that involve gas. The great thing about this is that this extinguisher is safe to use around electrical equipment.

How to Use a Car Fire Extinguisher

If you discover a fire inside the car, you need to pull over as fast as possible. Do not attempt to put out the fire while the car is still running. After you pull over, get the extinguisher and pull the safety pin. Next, you have to aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, NOT at the flames. You need to direct the extinguishing agent at the base because pointing it at the flames will only put out the fire temporarily. Squeeze the lever gently and make a sweeping motion from side to side to extinguish the flames completely. Do this until you can be sure that the fire has gone out. Also, do not attempt to put out the fire if it is already large and spreading. Leave the car immediately and call up the fire brigade.

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