Like insurance, a fire extinguisher is something you don’t figure you’ll need, until when you actually need it. The Terengganu Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has advised vehicle owners to make fire extinguishers “a compulsory accessory” in their car, Bernama reports.

JBPM operations assistant director Khir Amir Ahmad pointed out that many were still not aware that a fire extinguisher is a crucial facility which could greatly reduce vehicle damage in the event of a fire. “They rather put expensive accessories in their cars compared to a fire extinguisher which costs only RM60 per kg,” he said.

“When a fire breaks out in a car, the quickest and most effective tool is the fire extinguisher before the fire engine arrives,” he told reporters in Kuala Terengganu yesterday, adding that a fire can spread very fast, in just five to six seconds.

This is a good reminder, and I will be adding “fire extinguisher” to my to-buy list. Maybe you should also get one for the long drive home this holiday season.