What type of car fire extinguisher do you need?
You will need a model that uses dry power with the BC or ABC rating. Make sure your extinguisher carries the CE ES3 and / or BS Kite Mark certifications.
If your extinguisher has a pressure gauge then you’ll be able to quickly asses the health of your fire extinguisher over time.
- Class A fires involve organic solids such as paper and wood.
- Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids, including petrol, grease, and oil.
- Class C fires involve flammable gases.
You don’t need to carry a fire extinguisher in a private car in the UK - but it's useful to have one. If you’re driving in Europe then certain countries do require you to carry a fire extinguisher. You can view more about this in our Driving in Europe advice section.
Recommended: 600G BC Dry Powder or 1KG BC Dry Powder.
Vans and small commercial vehicles
You will need to carry a 2KG ABC Dry Powder extinguisher in your vehicle. You may also want to consider a first aid kit.
Recommended: 2KG ABC Dry Powder and RAC Van & Truck First Aid Kit.
Taxis and mini-cabs
Taxis and mini-cabs must carry a 1 KG ABC Dry Powder fire extinguisher by law. You should also carry a PSV first aid kit by law.
Recommended: 1 KG ABC Dry Powder with gauge.