A fire extinguisher is a cheap insurance policy for your car. The Insurance Information Institute says there were 575 civilian fire deaths in highway vehicles in 1982, and 3,250 fire injuries. This article tells a few things one should know about fire extinguishers before purchasing one. Having an extinguisher for Class A, B, and C fires is recommended, as well as making sure the extinguisher is listed by either the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) or the Factory Mutual Engineering Corporation (FM). Size should be at least 2.75 to 5 pound capacity, but larger models may be preferred. The fire fighting agent will be ammonium phosphate or Halon 1211. Halon 1211 is a methane-family gas that leaves no residue after use, but is more expensive. The extinguisher should be kept in the passenger compartment for ready access and should be properly maintained, including checks on the pressure gauge, weighing every six months, and recharging every six years, unless it is the non-rechargeable type which lasts about six years and must be replaced.

  • Corporate Authors:

    US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

    Norton AFB, CA  United States  92409
  • Publication Date: 1983-12

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 8-11
  • Serial:
    • Driver
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 587
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM