Motorsports can be great fun for all. However, safety is of the utmost importance. You must always be prepared for the worst case scenario, including fire. Therefore, it’s vital that you’re educated about motorsport fire systems before participating.
Motorsport Fire Regulations
The UK’s motorsport regulations are designed to keep all participants as safe as possible. These regulations dictate that all vehicles must have a fire extinguisher installed. The extinguisher must be positioned in a place that would allow the driver to use it while in their seated position. This doesn’t mean that the device needs to be placed right next to them. If you’re able to install a remotely operated fire extinguisher activated by a triggering system, this is also acceptable.
There is also a minimum size requirement for your extinguisher. This requirement will depend on the type of extinguisher you have. However, we would always recommend getting the largest capacity possible. This will give you the best possible chance of overcoming a fire.
Choosing Your Fire Systems
There are a couple of different choices of motorsport fire systems. To decide which one you need, you’ll have to work out how it will be used.
If you’re opting for a handheld extinguisher, make sure it’s able to be fitted in the right place. You’ll need to have it somewhere easy to reach, like under the driver seat or in the passenger footwell. Your fire extinguisher should come with a bracket to secure it in place, with quick release straps. This will allow you to grab it and use it quickly in your time of need.
Plumbed In Systems
For the utmost in motorsport fire safety, you can choose to get your fire extinguisher plumbed in. This means that the bottle is fixed to the car, but you won’t need to be able to reach it. Instead, the system will be activated by a mechanical triggering system. This could be a T-handle or an electrical button. Whichever system you choose, make sure it’s within reach of the driver so it can be activated quickly.
For Motorsport Fire Systems, Choose Caged Laser Engineering
We are a team of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts. We supply and fit the best of the best when it comes to motorsport fire systems. To ensure your vehicle is safe and prepared in the event of fire, get in contact with our friendly team today.