Originally Posted by wrinx
Toxic....obviously a man in the know (FB?)..what is the best solution for a car?
Been thinking for a while I should have an extinguisher in the Matta at least and any recommmendations for manufacturers or places to purchase?
Not FB, but Health & Safety.
ADR (Carriage of Dangerous Goods) in UK and EU requires either 8 or 12 kg total capacity of Dry Powder (depending on vehicle GVW). This must include a 2 kg DP in the cab; the larger extinguisher(s) are meant for a vehicle fire NOT a load fire.
So, the only recommendation would seem to be Dry Powder, however as has been mentioned DP does not cool hot metal, AFFF does (being water based) but small extinguishers are difficult to find and more difficult to use than DP (point and shoot).
Incidentally the vehicle fire I put out (briefly) was eventually put out very quickly by the Police using AFFF, and that was after a tanker driver stopped and failed to put out the fire using his 6kg DP (he was then, technically illegal to continue), makes you think?
If you do have an extinguisher make sure it is secure, (you don't want that under the brake pedal or flying around in the event of sudden braking), and can be reached in an emergency - I guess that rules out the boot as in the event of a rear shunt, it ain't going to be too easy to reach!
Many Companies with a fleet of cars refuse to install extinguishers, instead instructing drivers to leave the vehicle to burn; that's fine if only the driver is in the car, but imagine if your family is trapped ..........
Most car shops sell 2/2.5 kg DP, or as ND said Lidl, but Lidl only seem to have them as one of their "specials." Just make sure whatever you get it is manufactured to BS EN 3 and suitable for class ABC fires.
Halfords (and this is NOT a recommendation - other retailers are available) sell a 2kg for £30 or 1kg for £27.
The decision my friends is yours.