Fire Rescue Victoria

You must ensure you are prepared for a fire in your car or on your boat.

Being prepared and responding correctly can mean the difference between life and death.

  • There are a minimum number of fire extinguishers required on boats and vessels in Victoria.

    Refer to the Marine Safety Victoria websiteExternal Link for safety equipment regulations and requirements.

  • If your vehicle catches fire it is important to know what to do to avoid injury or death:

    1. turn off the ignition, place the vehicle in park and engage hand brake

    2. evacuate the vehicle, shut the doors and keep the area clear for a safe distance

    3. call Triple Zero (000)

    4. if you have a fire extinguisher and feel confident using it consider the following actions

    Fire under the bonnet

    • Release the bonnet catch only. Do not lift the bonnet as a rush of air could cause the fire to flare-up resulting in serious burns. Discharge the contents of the extinguisher through the bonnet gap

    Fire in the cabin

    • Discharge the contents of the extinguisher into the cabin directly on to the fire and close the door

    If LPG powered

    • turn off the main supply valve (familiarise yourself with its location)
    • attempt to extinguish the fire with extreme caution.

    IMPORTANT: Smoke from burning plastic contains many toxic substances. Avoid breathing smoke at all costs.

    5. when you have extinguished the fire:

    • remove battery leads from terminals, if safe to do so
    • do not drive the car until checked by an auto electrician or qualified mechanic.

    6. FRV recommends purchasing a 1A 5B(E) dry powder portable fire extinguisher, installed in an easily accessible location

Reviewed 25 June 2020

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