It is critical to have the right fire extinguisher for the right job in all situations but none more so than in motor racing. The aim of a racing car fire suppression system is to suppress the fire long enough to allow for the safe exit from the vehicle of the occupants either by themselves or with the help from trackside marshals. The FIA standard states that the fire suppression system is mainly designed to delay the development of the fire and consequently give the driver more time to exit the car. The system is not designed to put out the fire and prevent the car from burning.
Fire extinguishers in the United Kingdom are generally colour coded to identify the extinguishing medium that has been used, by use of a coloured patch:
Below is a list of the different types of fire you may come across. In motorsport flammable liquids are obviously one of the most important factors but plastic, paint and solvents also pose a threat as well as electrical fires. Gas may be an issue in some special situations where nitrous oxide might be used.
Refer to the types of fire in the “Fire Ratings – Different Classes of Fire” section above.
Below is a list of the types of suppressant that should be used on the corresponding types of fires listed above.
Do not use Water Extinguishers on (B) Class fires or (E) class fires
For more detailed technical data about any of our fire extinguisher systems include the suppressants used please contact us today. Our highly skilled and friendly team will be able to advise not only on the type of suppressant to use but also on the type of fire extinguisher system for each and every type of car and motorsport.