Did you know that your car could be classified as a workplace? If you have a company car, or provide company cars to your workers, you need to make sure they are as safe as possible. We’ve covered everything you need to know about fire extinguishers for cars in our latest blog post. 

At Jim’s Fire Safety, we specialise in the testing and inspection of fire protection equipment. Contact us now for all of your fire extinguisher servicing requirements and let us know if you have any questions about our work. We’re more than happy to take you through all we can do.

Do you need to carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle? 

According to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, cars can be considered workplaces. Currently, there aren’t any set rules from WorkSafe that say you need to carry a fire extinguisher if you drive a car or a truck for work. If you are using farm vehicles, there are another set of rules that required you to carry an extinguisher. 

Passenger service vehicles with more than 12 seating positions must have a fire extinguisher.

There are a number of reasons why fire extinguishers for cars are beneficial for both your employees and your business: 

  • Just this month, there were two vehicle fires in one afternoon. Members of the public rushed to find extinguishers from nearby businesses to tackle the fires. You can be better prepared in an emergency by having an extinguisher installed in your vehicle’s interior with a car fire extinguisher bracket.  


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Image via Otago Daily Times


  • Most small business fires are able to be contained in the early stages thanks to fire extinguishers. By providing fire protection equipment you can minimise damage to your property and harm to your employees. 
  • In the unfortunate case where a fire does occur, you will be able to prove that you have implemented fire safety measures for the benefit of your employees. 

It is important that in addition to your provision of fire extinguishers for cars in your business, you also invest in regular testing. There’s no point having fire protection equipment that has not been properly maintained. 

Fire Extinguisher Testing Frequency 

When we test and inspect extinguishers for businesses, we work according to the NZS 4503:2005 standard for Hand Operated Fire-Fighting Equipment. It is a requirement that all portable and wheeled fire extinguishers be inspected at least once every 12 months (though the recommended time frame is 6 months). 

Because there are no set standards for the inspection of fire extinguishers for cars, we recommend following the national standards for extinguishers in buildings used as a workplace. 

There are a number of additional tests that need to be conducted at different intervals. For more information, please take a look at our service pages. 

Why Jim’s Fire Safety?

You don’t want to take chance when it comes to fire safety. You need to be sure that you’re covered in every way. With expert advice and consultation from fully qualified professionals, you have that all-important peace of mind. That’s where Jim’s Fire Safety is the name you can rely on.

Contact Jim’s Fire Safety Today

If you have any more questions about the different fire protection requirements for businesses in New Zealand, please contact us today. One of our professional technicians will be able to answer your enquiry. If you are interested in any of our services, fill in the online form now for a free quote.