Keep a fire extinguisher in your car, fire dept advises

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Motorists have again been advised to keep a fire extinguisher in their cars as an early measure against vehicle fires. Having such a device will help prevent fires from spreading quickly, in addition to saving lives and personal belongings.

This recommendation was made by Johor State Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Ab Ghani Daud, who said that the number of vehicles catching fire on the roads is on the rise, Bernama reports. He said there have been 278 fires involving vehicles since the beginning of the year, and a large number of these have involved cars.

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He added that authorities only imposed having fire extinguishers in commercial vehicles such as lorries and taxis, but there was a need to have them in private vehicles as well.

In 2013, the KL Fire and Rescue Department had also issued a similar call. Its director Khiruddin Drahman said that having a fire extinguisher meant that victims and fellow road users could help control and possibly extinguish the conflagration before fire fighters arrive at the scene.

He added that the prices of fire extinguishers were affordable, typically ranging between RM75 to RM100 per cylinder depending on their size and weight.

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Comments

  • Johor State Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Ab Ghani Daud, instead of asking ppl to put one fire ext inside the car, why don’t you ask the SPAD to buck up their inspection on those age more than 15 years of old car? Most of these old car, their parts already worn out and unfortunately only poor ppl can afford to have them, by the means of poor you know which ethnicity i’m referring to.

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    • tokmoh. on Jul 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      You lose your credibility the moment you insinuate ethnic discrimination as ulterior motive for this move.

      There is none, this move perfectly sensible to improve health and safety of our road. You’re taking pleasure satisfying your need to escalate chaos in this trying time.

      #UniteAgainstRacism

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      • Fireman on Jul 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        Wow, what happened to the Proton Saga above?

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        • I remembered seeing this pic before here is the link http://paultan.org/2014/07/22/lorry-crashes-into-cars-kesas-toll-booth/

          Sam loo wasn’t too happy that it was his precious Estima that was on fire. Not the Saga.

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    • hadi75 on Jul 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Stupid statement…..

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  • The Bracketeer on Jul 13, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. After putting out 4 car fires in my driving history I am absolutely compelled to carry an extinguisher at all time. This was the motivation behind inventing “The Bracketeer” Automotive Universal Fire Extinguisher Bracket. It provides a quick and secure solution to mount a fire extinguisher in most passenger and commercial vehicles in as little as 10 minutes. You can see more at www.thebracketeer.com

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  • Ron95 on Jul 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    The culprit is our cheap RON95 petrol. No one dares to admit that this is the cause since RON95 being introduced in Malaysia. Our car crash test should conduct testing with loaded fuel and engine running to nail this down.

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    • John Smith on Jul 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Ron95, there is no evidence of any sort in the world that a lower RON makes a car more likely to burn. In the USA they have RON 90. I don’t see their cars catching fire more easily.

      I you still believe this to be true, by all means waste your own money using RON 97. But for the good of our country I hope that you do not breed.

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      • Ron95 on Jul 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

        I’m talking about in Malaysia. USA is on upper hemisphere, not a tropical country like us. In US, they are using Ron87, Ron89, and Ron92 and all are added with 10% ethanol to be exact. Which state using Ron90? I never curse you or anyone and I don’t know why this opinion become a personal attack?

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      • McQueen on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:26 pm

        USA RON numbers aren’t the same as Malaysian:
        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octane_rating
        “Because of the 8 to 12 octane number difference between RON and MON noted above, the AKI shown in Canada and the United States is 4 to 6 octane numbers lower than elsewhere in the world for the same fuel.”

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      • DesTrip909 on Jul 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

        I don’t see that either. The main problem with modern cars with fuel injection is that the fuel is delivered to the injector rack under considerable pressure (40+ psi.)If a hose fails at this pressure, you have a massive spray of fuel that can easily ignite from the exhaust manifold or other hot surface. It is especially advisable to carry an extinguisher in a fuel-injected car.

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  • Rulered on Jul 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    2 questions on fire extinguisher for cars:
    1) where to purchase
    2) is it safe to leave in a car park under the hot sun?
    Thanks

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    • AquilaTE on Jul 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      1)Firefighter Industry Sdn Bhd in Kelana Jaya next to Federal Hwy and Nanyang.
      2) It shud be but you can always find out from the above mentioned company about it.

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    • hadi75 on Jul 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Ace hardware also got…

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    • Mr DIY has a few

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  • Musalmah Endut on Jul 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Proton should give free when buying new Exora.

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    • Same L0rrrr on Jul 13, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Proton should free 2 extinguisher (each for a row of passenger seat) and a box of condom for every Proton sold. You know Proton quality lar.

      And for Proton, Protection DA BEST!

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      • How was the case above? Did the Estima owner sue toyota for his car easy burn?
        Or maybe he cower in shame due to he thought toyota quality so damn good?

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  • nizam1402 on Jul 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    when i put the fire extinguisher in my car, JPJ says not standard accessories.

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  • isuzuki on Jul 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    where can i buy 1, without GST 1. LOL

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    • Go to Sing… oh wai. They oso have GST.

      Go to Thai…oh wai. They have sales tax.

      Ahh. Go to Indon… oh wai. How to bring it back. So big.

      Can go to Pinoy… oh wai. You wouldnt know if theres a bomb inside.

      Dammit! Dun know where else to get w/o tax.

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      • Allroadquattro on Jul 13, 2015 at 7:14 pm

        Saudi Arabia. no tax in Arab countries.

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        • Wah! So far! The freight charges to bring it to Malaysia would be even more that GST 10%!

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          • Allroadquattro on Jul 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm

            oops. forgot that the nearest GST-free country are Hong Kong & Macau.

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  • Ali Mumcu on Jul 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    It should be mandatory to keep one.

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  • AquilaTE on Jul 13, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Which fire extinguisher is suitable to be used/carried in the car? Dry powder or CO2? I know they come with different colour code(red, blue, black…etc) but can’t recall what they contents are?

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    • The last I checked, red color is for dry powder. Blue colour is phased out, no longer using. Black is for CO2.
      And no more 9kg fire extinguisher in market, now change to 6kg as standard.

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  • Jay Law on Jul 13, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve already got one in my 997 911 GT3 RS

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  • nabill (Member) on Jul 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    of the cars that i owned , only the waja actually had one in the boot….

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  • Mek Dee on Jul 13, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Buying baby milk powder kena 6% GST…..

    now buying fire extinguisher oso kena bayar GST 6%….

    Thanks BN…..for screwing up the malaysian..

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    • Dulu Sales Tax 6% tak kesah. Sekarang GST 6% kesah pulak.
      Topkek betul.

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  • Questions : 1) Ask us keep a fire extinguisher in car but do we need to do yearly service – refill powder, apply for a fire certificate.

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  • Newer cars loaded by as many as electronic tech, drive by wire that possibbly cause electric spark that cause the fire…why dont the manufacturer itself provide us the fire extingusher as standard accessories? When i buy my saga flx, i got 1 for free

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