Portable Fire Extinguishers Guide For Malaysian Drivers

Posted on March 28th, 2010

In Malaysia, it is mandatory for buses, lorries, trailers, taxis and all vehicles ferrying goods to possesses “fire extinguishers”. But surprisingly enough, this important item which can save lives is not a requirement for cars though.

I have 2 good friends, both of whom are attached to the Balai Bomba or the Fire Brigade Department in Klang, Selangor. Their names are Aziz Torji and Tahir Torji, both are brothers.

I remember Aziz once telling me, “if you cannot put out a fire that breaks out within 3 minutes, don’t bother calling the fire brigade”, he said.

Talking about fires, fire safety is in fact very important to anyone, especially someone driving a car. But the sad thing is, not many people realize the importance of the fire extinguishers, especially in cars.

In a report conducted in America, fires in cars are one of the leading killers. In America, it is normal for people to drive everywhere. If a person inside a burning vehicle, it is utmost important they are safe from the fire.

Even though drivers and passengers can get out, the fire needs to be put out as soon as possible to prevent further risks to everyone in the area.

When we come to think of it, fire departments, due to traffic jams and congestion cannot respond fast enough to emergency calls from motorists. By the time they arrive at the scene, the car is already engulfed in flames!

So the only alternative is an easy access to a portable fire extinguisher will be able to put out a fire before it gets out of hand.

How does one use a fire extinguisher?


Fire extinguishers are easy to use. In a portable fire extinguisher, for example, just remove the cap, press the nozzle to discharge a thick and choking material at the base of the fire.

Most portable fire extinguishers for use in cars are meant to be used once only. It cannot be refilled, like the bigger units normally found in offices and homes.

Therefore, a car owner has to make plans to get a new portable fire extinguisher if the old one has been used.

Where does a driver store a portable fire extinguisher?

Definitely not in the booth! Because in times of emergencies, you’ll not have easy access to it.

Where then should you keep it?

Ideally, I would suggest you place it underneath the driver’s seat. Besides, the fire extinguisher can be hidden from views and this prevent it from being stolen easily.

Talking about fires breaking out in a vehicle and how best to overcome them, myself, being a father has seen it necessary to purchase portable fire extinguishers for my son, daughters and also my wife’s vehicles.

A portable fire extinguisher for car is not very expensive. You can get a unit from any supermarket for about RM90 – RM130. Make sure you get a unit which is approved by Bomba Malaysia and is Sirim tested and passed.

It should be remembered though, portable fire extinguishers are to be used once only and cannot be refilled. And as a last word its contents are harmless.


1 Comment • Posted in Driving Safety

Comments

Leave a Comment...

Blog Search
Recent Comments
  • liew: Sir . Can I take the driving licence test if im 16 ??
  • liew: Helo sir . How much does it cost to get a b1 (500cc ) motorcycle license?? should I get the b1 or b2 licence...
  • leyno: cikgu yap saya ada lesen psv teksi.soalan saya boleh kah saya memandu van persiaran?
  • hazman: ok cikgu. .. tq ya. .
  • May: Cikgu Yap, bolehkah saya memandu van sekolah saya mengambil saudara-mara untuk pengunaan sendiri ( pergi jamuan)...
  • Nor: What do you think? Hi Cikgu Yap, I’m taking driving CAR lesson. I took my computer test somewhere last...
  • arif: Tumpang Tanya saya ingin memohon lesen gdL bagi membawa van sahaja.adakah nnt latihan membawa Lori?
  • abbas bin abdul samad: Assalamualaikum saya warganegara india saya kawin orang sabah saya ada lesen D tukar lesen...
  • zack: Hai cikgu..saya ada lesen p kereta boleh kah sy guna and drive kereta di australia..saya bekerja di sana..harap...
  • didie: ok saya faham..tapi pada saya ada kputusan peperiksaan sahaja..yang bukti pendaftaran tu hilang.saya ada pergi...
  • apis: cikgu .saya mempunyai saman tiada insurans ,roadtax mati . saman tersebut dikehendaki ke mahkamah untuk...
  • Loong: I just received a notice from Road Transport for the “Camera-Recorded Offences” Rules 2012 Fourth...
  • shahrul: Baru baru ini saya semak saman…tetiba terdapat saman jpj kesalahan gagal mematuhi notis 114...
  • Anne: Cikgu, adakah saya perlu buat IDL utk memandu di korea? Saya sudah ada lesen D & B2?
  • didie: cikgu yap.saya nak tanya.saya gagal dalam undang undang bahagian buta warna tu.masa tu saya ambil blim.then...
  • Lin: Hi Cikgu Yap, i nak tanya, katakan kereta saya insurance da tamat tempoh lebih dari 6 bulan, bila i renew...
  • sha: Hi..sy nak tnya..kereta sy baru kuar 14 april 2014..proton saga..then 24oct ari tu eksiden..total loss..sy ambik...