We have to keep our vehicles in good working order not only to make it last longer, but to also prevent fires. One of the most scariest and terrifying events while on the road is to watch your Vehicle catch on fire while still in the car. Unfortunately these type of thing happens more often than one would think.
Vehicle fires are very dangerous and, unfortunately, many vehicles are vulnerable to this threat. For example did you know The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 33 car fires are reported every hour in the U.S., and 18 percent of all reported fires occur on a road or highway and involve a motor vehicle? That means one person per day died in a car fire incident between 2003 and 2005, and in 2007 there were 258,000 vehicle fires causing 385 deaths, 1,675 injuries and 1.41 billion dollars’ worth of damages.
It’s important to also know when it comes to vehicle smoke it does not always indicate there is a fire present. Smoke coming from your vehicle could mean a few things. Such as: the age of the vehicle, radiator problems, overheating, and more. Just remember that if your vehicle is smoking then somethings is wrong. Pull over, get out of the car and check it over.
Tips on preventing a car fire:
- It’s important to always get your vehicle serviced regularly and make sure it’s well maintained. This is key in preventing a vehicle fire.
- Absolutely never and I mean never leave a lit cigarette in the ashtray of your car.
- This is also important, and that is to keep an eye on recalls on your vehicle and get them fixed right away.
- Never leave any type of electronics in a vehicle for long periods of time.
- It’s also very smart to keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector in your vehicle.
- Always keep your car clean and clutter free.
- The smell of burning rubber or plastic can sometimes be a cause for concern, and you will need to pull over safely and investigate immediately. Never try to make it home to then later find out what the issue is.
- Gas cans and propane cylinders should not be transported in your vehicle. If you must must carry a gas can, whether full or empty, tie the can securely to the top of your vehicle or on a car rack. This will keep the fumes well ventilated.
- If you must install after market parts make sure it’s done correctly. Poor installation of these types of parts can cause a fire.
- Keeps your eyes on the road and always drive safely to avoid any accidents.
- Maintain your vehicle battery.
Danger signs to watch for:
- Be sure to fix any cracked or loose wiring you find in your vehicle.
- Watch for electrical issues such as fuses that keeps blowing.
- Watch for oil and fluid leaks. Make sure to have them fixed right away.
- Make sure your oil cap is always on securely.
- Watch for rapid changes in the fuel or fluid levels, and engine temperature.
In the event that a fire does starts in your vehicle, first pull the car over immediately, next turn off your engine and get everyone out of the car quickly. Call 911 and stay 100 feet or more away from the vehicle, and wait for help.
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