5 Best Fire Extinguishers for Cars That Could Save Your Life

It might seem uncommon to buy a fire extinguisher for your car and not something that many drivers have invested in. However, as a proud car owner, especially one who might make modifications to their vehicles, this could be one of the most important purchases you ever make.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve made an adjustment to your engine, your electronics, or any element of your car, perhaps even changing the upholstery to something more comfortable, or completely upgrading your sound system, all these elements come with their own fire risks.

By having a fire extinguisher in your car, you’re ensuring you’re fully prepared for any worst-case scenario, a move on your behalf that could save your vehicle, and possibly even your life. However, like all purchases, you’ll need to make sure you’re choosing the right fire extinguisher for the job.

As we all should know, you can’t go out and buy any model since it might not be appropriate for your vehicle or the types of fire you could experience. Fire safety 101. So, to help you make the right decision, we’re searched high and low and narrowed down a large selection of the market to just five of the best.

We’ve taken everything here into account, including the price and suitability, so you can make the right purchasing decision the first time. After all, you never know what’s going to happen, and your life might depend on it!

H3R Performance HG2500B Fire Extinguisher

H3R Performance HG2500B Fire Extinguisher

To start off our list, we’ve chosen the H3R High-Performance Fire Extinguisher, a lightweight 2.5lbs bottle which is ideal for keeping in the car. We found the best feature of this extinguisher, in addition to being able to put out fires, is the minimal mess it makes.

However, this does have safety benefits, such as a minimal risk of shock if you’re tackling an electrical fire, and no potential fire-spreading if you’re fighting a gas or liquid-based fire. This, of course, is an essential feature, especially if you’re tackling a fire in a small space like a car or cab of a truck.

Perhaps surprisingly to many of you, this extinguisher is also rechargeable, which gives you the opportunity to fill it up after use for future fires. That saves buying another new one. You’ll also be happy to know that in terms of safety, this extinguisher is EPA approved, and rated to a 2B:C rating. This ensures this bottle has been tested before sale, and meets all the neccessary safety requirements.

With the H3R Performance HG2500B, you’ll also find a 2-strap mounting bracket that can be set between 6 and 10-inches. We loved this feature because it means you can easily fix your extinguisher into your car so it’s ready to use at a moment’s notice. There’s even a five-year warranty with every bottle, so you can buy it trusting you know that it’s designed to last!

As you can tell, there are a lot of great features when it comes to this fire extingushier, so much so that there really isn’t any negative points to say! So, if you’re looking for a top-of-the-range bottle for your car, there may not be any need to look further than this!

PRO
  • High-performance bottle for all kinds of potential fire
  • Comes with a five-year warranty
  • EPA-approved with a 2B:C rating
  • Comes with a bracket to fix the bottle into your car
CONS
  • None!

Fire Alert FE10GO Fire Extinguisher (RED)

Fire Alert FE10GO Fire Extinguisher (RED)

While this next fire extinguisher is designed to be predominately used in workshops and garages, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t be able to keep this model in the car. However, note that this extinguisher has been made to tackle liquid and electrical fires.

This means it’s great if you’re fighting fires because of an overheated amp, or an engine fire, but not so good if you’re trying to tackle a fire inside your car, such as your chairs are on fire. However, if this is the sort of fire you want to protect yourself from, which has an equal chance of happening, this shouldn’t be a problem.

We love the fact that this extinguisher is fully rechargeable and refillable, so if you use it all up, you can take it to a certified professional to have it refilled and ready to uset again. This means you won’t have to purchase another bottle, and this might be the only one you ever need to buy.

As you would expect from a leading fire extinguisher, you’ll find a metal pull pin that stops any accidental discharge coming out of the extinguisher but it’s loose enough, so you can easily pull it out when you need it. We’ve all seen the films where a fire extinguisher pin doesn’t come out, leading to the operator falling into panic. That’s not the case here.

From the moment you hold this bottle, and by looking at the manufacturer specs, you can tell it’s been produced from high-quality materials that are both chemical resistant and waterproof. There are even 4-step instructions on how to look after your bottle. This means you’ll be using this bottle in the safest way, so it’s always going to be there ready to use whenever you need it.

However, please note if you’re living in a hotter part of the States that the manufacturer states that this extinguisher works well up to 120°F, and may falter in working at any temperatures above this. So, be warned if you plan on keeping it in the trunk of your car. About from that, this fire extinguisher is everything you’ll need it to be!

PRO
  • Ideal for dealing with electrical and liquid fires
  • Refillable and rechargeable for extended use
  • Comes with a metal safety pin to minimize the risk of accidental use
  • Waterproof and chemical resistant bottle to not corrode
CONS
  • May not work properly in temperatures above 120°F

First Alert FIAFESA5 Fire Extinguisher

First Alert FIAFESA5 Fire Extinguisher

Staying with the First Alert brand, we’ve chosen another one of their fire extinguisher which this time comes in a much more compact form. This is perfect for storing in any part of your car, whether that’s near the driver, in the back seats, or in the trunk.

We love that this bottle comes with a handy mounting bracket that the bottle fixes directly into. You can set this bracket up anywhere you want so it’s always within easy reach. This features also helps to keep it out of the way until you ever need it. Unlike other fire extinguishers, you can even mount it horizontally!

Some of the other leading features of this bottle include the large, easy-to-use pressure gauge and an exclusive five-year warranty, so you know this is a bottle that’s built to last. You’ll be able to use this extinguisher on both electrical and liquid fires.

Despite all these amazing features and functions, this is also renowned for being the most affordable fire extinguisher on this list, which means you can stay safe in your car without breaking the bank.

However, unlike some of the other bottles we’ve listed already, this one isn’t refillable, which means you’re going to have to buy a new one if you end up using it. What’s more, this could be a problem due to its size, and even conducting a test spray to see if it works could render it useless. While that may panic some of you, there are no reports that this has happened dangerously in the past.

PRO
  • Comes with a professional mounting bracket
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty
  • Effective against both electrical and liquid fires
  • Easy-to-read pressure gauge
CONS
  • Doesn’t come with mounting bracket bolts (affordable when purchased online)
  • Single-use and non-refillable

Kidde FA110 Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher 1A10BC

Kidde FA110 Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher 1A10BC

Kidde is easily one of the most iconic fire extinguisher manufacturers in the world, and this model is no exception to their high-quality expectations. While this is slightly more expensive than the other bottles on this list, it’s still incredibly affordable, especially when you consider that your life may be on the line.

Interestingly, this is also one of the biggest bottles on this list, so may be better suited to a truck or van, but it will fit in many cars just as well if you plan on storing it in the trunk.

Protection-wise, this extinguisher can fight class A, B and C fires, and has been UL-rated, meaning it’s suitable for all kinds of fire, whether that’s gas, electric, material or liquid. We also love the easy-to-read gauge that allows you to see when your bottle is charged and ready to use. This also allows for multiple uses on a single charge.

This, of course, means the bottle is rechargeable and reusable and saves buying a new bottle if you do end up using this one. There’s even a safety pin included making sure you don’t accidentally let the bottle off when you don’t need to.

The entire construction of this extinguisher simply boasts quality. All the metals are highly durable and resistant against natural conditions like corrosion and rust, and all the instructions you’ll need to operate the bottle properly are clearly printed on the side. This is a great touch that means anybody can pick up the fire extinguisher and easily learn how to operate it quickly.

All in all, it’s safe to say this is one of the easiest, most affordable, and most beneficial fire extinguishing experiences out there, and just goes to show why Kidde is such a household name. If you want to keep one in your house, there’s even a bracket included to help you mount it on a wall or cupboard. In short, there’s really nothing negative to say about this extinguisher!

PRO
  • Kidde is a leading fire extinguisher manufacturer
  • Capable of fighting class A, B and C fires
  • All instructions for use are clearly labeled on the bottle itself
  • Refillable with an easy-to-read gauge
CONS
  • Slightly ore expensive than the other bottles on this list
  • Larger than your conventional car fire extinguisher

First Alert AF400 Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray

First Alert AF400 Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray

To finish off this list of the best fire extinguishers for your car, we’ve gone from the biggest bottle to the smallest, yet we’re staying with our tried and tested First Alert manufacturer. To cut a long story short, this is a fire extinguishing aerosol spray can that can easily be fitted anywhere in your car.

It’s small, it’s compact and it’s so versatile that you could even fit in the side of your door, or in your glove box for whenever you need it. However, don’t let its small size put you off. This model can discharge four times longer than your traditional fire extinguisher bottle! That’s a crazy amount of fire extinguishing power.

What’s more, we love that despite the size, it’s been designed for tackling all kinds of fire, whether that’s upholstery, fabric, grease, paper, electrical and anything in between. The formula used here is biodegradable and effortless to clean when you need it gone, making this the ideal solution for your vehicle.

The only concern we found with this product is down to the fact that it’s a spray can. Due to the traditional spray head where the liquid comes out, in low light conditions you may find it hard to figure out if you’re pointing it the right way. For example, what happens if you press and you spray into your face? While this sounds dangerous, it might be worth drawing an arrow on the top so this is never an issue.

Apart from this, there are really no issues or negative points when it comes to this fire extinguisher, making it a great choice when you’re picking the best one to have in your car!

PRO
  • Small and compact aerosol spray can
  • Discharges four times longer than a conventional bottle
  • Biodegradable and easy to clean formula
  • Can be installed anywhere in your vehicle
CONS
  • Hard to see which way round to point it in the dark

Summary

As you can see, when it comes to choosing a fire extinguisher for your car, there’s plenty of choices out there, probably more than you originally thought. Any of the five fire extinguishers we’ve listed above are ideal, so all you need to do is pick the one that’s right for you!