Staying Safe And Secure By Having A Car Fire Extinguisher
Being safe is a state of mind that we yearn for and we do all we can in our homes to protect our families and property. Therefore at home, we will generally have a fire extinguisher on hand ready for any emergency. Should that kitchen or garage fire start, we are ready to put it out or at least block it so out families can get out.
But what about safety and fire prevention in our cars. Remember the last time you saw a car fire while driving down the highway. Did you know that there are over 400,000 reported car fires each year?
Will you be prepared if it happens to you or will you just watch your car burn? Your automobile or pickup truck should have its own car fire extinguisher. This will protect your property and may save lives.
There are different types of fire extinguishers on the market today. You can check this website for more information – The National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org). Obviously you are looking for a small and compact version for the car fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers come as multi purpose and are classed as type A, B or C.
Class A extinguishes fire that involves agents such as wood, paper and cardboard.
Class B made to handle flammable combustibles such as grease, oil, and gasoline.
The last type is Class C, are designed for electrical fires.
So what your will need is an extinguisher that can handle a B Class and C Class fire. This is referred as a B:C Auto Fire Extinguisher. Be warned that using the wrong class of fire extinguisher could do more wrong than good. Be sure to understand all classes of fires before you buy. These types of extinguishers can be found at any local home center and any local hardware store.
A car fire extinguisher is not difficult to use. Remember the word PASS and you will remember how to use a fire extinguisher.
P – Pull the pin. This will release the locking device and will let you discharge the fire extinguisher.
A – Aim at base of fire, not at flames. Very critical – if you want the fire to go out, one should extinguish fuel.
S – Squeeze lever very slowly. Squeezing it slow will let the extinguish contents. Continue to squeeze handle to not stop the release.
S – Sweep extinguisher from side to side. Use a sweeping motion and move fire extinguisher back and forth until fire is totally out. Do not get too close to the fire and operate at a safe distance, a few feet from the fire, and then move into the fire at soon as it start to lessen. Make sure you study the instructions on the extinguisher because different extinguishers give different recommended operating distances.
A good place to buy a car fire extinguisher is from an online store. Finding the right one that you can trust is not to hard to do. Make sure the store you choose sells high quality fire safety equipment and the store should also have great customer service so your needs and concerns would be first priority.
Research customer feedback and comments from past customers are is one way to check the reputation of the store.