Car Fire Extinguisher

There are no statutory (legal) requirements for a portable fire extinguisher in a family car (or work car) such as a sedan, hatchback, utility (ute). That said for a small investment you can install a fire extinguisher for emergency purposes in the vehicle such as within the passenger compartment or boot for easy access and use.

Russ Porteous
CEO, Firewize
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Selecting the correct type of fire extinguisher for a family car (or work car) is paramount to ensuring your safety and protecting your vehicle and its occupants safe from the effect from fire.

There is at least one portable fire extinguisher available for each of the six fire classifications however the dry chemical powder fire extinguisher is regarded widely as the universal fire extinguisher because it can be used for three (and in some cases four) of the fire classifications.

For a family car (or work car) the Dry Chemical Powder (Dry Powder) fire extinguisher is a great choice because of its build quality, performance, gross weight, physical size, easy handling and use.

What is the best fire extinguisher for a car or ute?

In accordance with Australian Standard AS 2444 “Portable Fire Extinguishers - Selection and Location", the best type of fire extinguisher for a caravan is one that provides broad protection from a wide range of fire classifications. For this reason, we recommend a minimum 2A:30B:E dry chemical powder fire extinguisher rated for the following fire classifications;

  • Class A - Combustible Materials
  • Class B - Flammable Liquids
  • Class E - Electrical Equipment

We also recommend that people choose a fire extinguisher with a hose (instead of a nozzle) to control the direction of the flow of the extinguishing agent from the fire extinguisher.

With a discharge time of 12 seconds, an agent capacity of 1.5Kg and gross mass of 3Kg, this is by far the most popular fire extinguisher in Australia for small homes and cars due to its combination of build quality, performance, gross weight, physical size, easy handling and use.

Each fire extinguisher provided by Firewzie also comes free with the following FIVE essential items for every type of car including passenger vehicles and utilities.;

  • a service tag;
  • a sturdy vehicle mounting bracket;
  • a self adhesive sticker showing you how to use the fire extinguisher;
  • a training video on how to install, service and use your new fire extinguisher and fire blanket;
  • 3 years free service

The portable fire extinguisher and fire blanket in this combo kit is guaranteed against defects in materials and manufacturing workmanship for a maximum period of three years in non-aggressive environments from the manufacture date stamped on the cylinder.