ELEMENT Canada's Smallest & Longest Lasting Fire Extinguisher

Posted by Alan MacDonald on


Fire extinguishers are mandatory in cars that will see the track and should be mandatory in all street cars. There's no worse feeling then watching your car burn to the ground without the ability to do anything about it.

Element Fire Extinguishers are 80% smaller, up to 5 times the discharge time of a regular extinguisher, no chemicals that can be corrosive to engine parts. Element fights all major fire classes. A, B, C, and K.

Element is dedicated to commercializing innovative fire-fighting equipment. The Element series of handheld extinguishers is based on a long-established fire-fighting technology used in fixed building installations worldwide. Developed for the European Space Program, and made in Italy, the Element extinguisher is the first handheld portable version of this technology. Currently available in over 30 countries worldwide and now for the first time in North America.




When it comes to fire extinguishers, most people think of the dry chemical versions you find at home improvement stores. While those household extinguishers are effective in containing most common small fires, they aren’t ideal for a car fire.

First of all, most fire extinguishers aren’t designed for fires that involve fuel or oil-based products (plastics, rubber, etc.) and therefore aren’t overly effective at putting them out. Another costly downside is that they’re made up of chemicals that are highly caustic, meaning that once you use one on your car, the dry chemical residue will likely wreak havoc to your electrical wiring, metal, and paint. Corrosion is the biggest issue, and it may not be evident right after use. So, anything that comes in contact with the chemical will likely need to be repaired or replaced.

Using technology developed for the space program, Element fire extinguishers fight fires on the molecular level by quickly and safely interrupting the chain of combustion. In addition, once dispersed the Element doesn’t leave behind any residue that can be difficult to remove and is environmentally friendly. Best of all unlike other fire extinguishers that need to be inspected monthly, Element fire extinguishers don’t need any inspection or maintenance at all.

Choosing the right fire extinguisher to best be able to deal with the type of fire you at risk for is essential in protecting your home and your family. Choosing the Element fire extinguishers for those places in your home, boat or car where fires may occur can give you the protection you need and want. Element fire extinguishers are clean and eco-friendly: No mess, non-toxic, non-corrosive, environmentally friendly, leaves no residue. Zero thrust discharge: Will not spread oil & liquid fires.





  • Extremely easy to use & activates quickly
  • Easy to follow 4-step process
  • Large images on unit guide activation


Rethink Your Fire Safety

  • 1,342,000 fires reported
  • 2,950 civilian deaths AND $7.9b in property damage
  • One home fire reported every 90 seconds
  • One civilian fire injury reported every 34 minutes
  • One civilian fire death OCCURRED every 2:35 hours
  • One highway vehicle fire reported every 3.02 minutes


In racing, you always want to be ready for the extremes. Don't get caught with a fire and have nothing to fight it with.



How Do Canada's Smallest & Longest Lasting Element Fire Extinguishers Work

Element is a manual, portable aerosol fire extinguisher. It uses a Potassium powder jet (a unique method among fire extinguishers) that employs the vaporization of the powder in the environment followed by the condensation of its extinguishing substance. Element works by interrupting a fire’s chain of reaction (the “auto-catalyst” of the fire). 


Element is composed of stable, solid minerals; it does not contain gas and is not pressurized. The aerosol-like jet is only produced when the charger is struck with its base. The produced aerosol jet is free of thrust and is essentially an inert salt that emits gas already present in the atmosphere. 

This process allows Element to extinguish all types of fires through saturation, while its slow bio-degradation in the environment, furthers the prevention of subsequent fires. 


The extinguishing process involves two different reactions: one is physical and the other, chemical. 


The physical reaction relates to potassium’s tendency to oxidize rapidly in air. When in contact with air, alkaline salts consume great quantities of oxygen, thus depriving fires of oxygen. 



The chemical reaction is created through the stable link between potassium particles and the fire’s combustion particles. 


Through the two reactions, a quick oxidation process takes place, immediately transforming the jet from a solid state into a gaseous state freeing the potassium particles. These atoms are able to intercept and interrupt any other free particles produced by the fire’s natural chain reaction combustion process. 


Potassium has strong inhibitor qualities due to its weak ionization energies. The extinguishing agent being used is composed of Potassium Nitrate, organic oxidizer, and plasticizer resin. 



When Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) discharges from the extinguisher it vaporizes in the environment followed by the condensation of its extinguishing substance. When it reacts (inside the body of the extinguisher) it breaks down and the aerosol that is formed is made up primarily of free radicals of Potassium K+, of Nitrogen N (an inert gas), and water vapor. 


The aerosol that comes out of the unit reacts with the fire. Potassium radicals (K+) capture the Oxygen of the combustion thereby extinguishing it. 


At the end of the extinguishing process the following is discharged to the atmosphere: 


As a solid: particles of Potassium (that have reacted with the Oxygen of the fire) having a size between 3-4 microns. These particles are invisible at sight and heavier than air. They disperse in the atmosphere and tend to deposit on the ground in no appreciable amounts. 


As a gas: As Nitrogen; an inert gas already present in the air we breathe at more or less 78%. 


As water vapour: (and lastly) extremely minimal toxic by-products that are a result of the combustion process. 



The chemical reaction is best illustrated by the following image: 



Stage 1: Fire is initiated by the flame chain carriers: O, H and OH 


Stage 2: The Element aerosol introduces Potassium radicals (K) into the flame chain reaction 


Stage 3: K radicals attach themselves to O, H and OH and remove them from the flame reaction without depleting surrounding Oxygen. 


TLDR: The interesting thing about these extinguishers is that through its own chemical reaction the Element extinguisher fights a fire by releasing a gas. This gas attaches itself to the oxygen surrounding the fire robbing its ability to stick to the chain of combustion. Basically, making the oxygen unusable to the fire. The gas is also heavier than the oxygen and can surround the fire along with sort of "damping" it down, if that makes sense. I have heard of people starting back at 20 feet or so, getting the powder jet going and then walking towards the fire sweeping it away as they get closer very effectively putting out the fire. I have also heard of it being thrown into the interior of a car then closing the doors and it puts out the fire...I thought that was interesting too.

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