In Belgium, every vehicle is obliged to have an easily accessible fire extinguisher on board. Belgium is the only country in Europe that has this obligation, together with Greece, Poland and Turkey.
The fire extinguisher must have a BENOR V label, which also shows the maximum validity of 5 years. During vehicle inspection, the presence and validity of a fire extinguisher in your car are usually checked.
The size of the fire extinguisher you need depends on the maximum allowable mass of the vehicle. The format is as follows:
- Less than 3,5 tons (all passenger cars and small vans): Powder extinguisher 1kg (ABC) with BENOR label.
- Between 3.5 and 7.5 tons: Powder extinguisher 2kg (ABC) with BENOR label
- More than 7.5 tons: Powder fire extinguisher 3kg (ABC) with BENOR label
In addition, according to European regulations, trucks must also install a separate 6kg powder fire extinguisher (ABC) on the outside of their cabin. This serves to extinguish the load of the trailer.
In addition to a fire extinguisher, cars in Belgium must also have a warning triangle, first aid kit and safety vest.