What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Why are Fire Extinguishers not Standard Equipment?

I have always been perplexed at why with all of the mandated safety equipment in cars for the past fifty-odd years, fire extinguishers have yet to make the list...

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My cars have always been equipped with fire extinguishers as I consider it mandatory, however I have always had to equip my vehicles with one on my own accord, in my own time and with my own money. These aren't performance cars, and I'm not talking about equipping them for track days. These are daily drivers that are used to commute to work and run errands etc...

In fact, it is mandatory that I have smoke detectors in my home - the fire department can actually fine you for not being so equipped around here - but there is nothing as such for fire extinguishers in the home. So I am required to have the smoke detector to make me aware of a fire (or pizza in the oven) in my home, which is a good thing because who wants to die, however I am not required to have the tools to deal with said fire, so might as well get some marshmallows to roast over all of my burning shit...

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Any public building I have ever entered has been equipped with extinguishers. Public transport and commercial vehicles seem to be too. To me, fire extinguishers are such a blatantly obvious requirement for anything with fuel and spark, that it twists my melon they aren't required safety equipment for motor vehicles.

The above photo was a car fire I came across a few weeks ago. Nobody was in the vehicle and the fire had grown to the point that I wasn't about to be a hero (besides, it was a Pacifica), but had there been an extinguisher on-board that vehicle may have stood a chance. More importantly, if it was an accident in which someone was stuck inside a burning wreck, it could have saved someones life.

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So, do you equip your home/car with a fire extinguisher? Do you think they should be included as standard equipment on cars?

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