Can You Use a Fire Extinguisher on a Car Fire?

There’s a lot of talk about car safety, but much of it discusses only a handful of topics. Typical car safety discussions often include roadside emergency kits (a critical interior car accessory) but rarely car fires. Every year, over 150,000 car fires in the U.S. lead to major property damage, injury, and even death. Do fire extinguishers work on car fires? They do—and they’re an essential safety accessory to keep in your vehicle. Having an automotive fire extinguisher could make a big difference. 

Choosing an automotive fire extinguisher

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First things first—yes, it is perfectly safe to put a fire extinguisher in your car, as long as you follow a few simple rules. First, secure the extinguisher using a mounting bracket system. Second, don’t let your car’s interior get too hot. Lastly, keep the extinguisher out of direct sunlight. Follow these tips, and you’re good to go. 

Ann C. Toledo

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