Car fires are an undeniably terrifying experience. There is nothing scarier than driving down the highway only to notice black smoke emerging from your hood. Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to car fires, but if one ever erupts then it is important to be informed on how to handle it. Learn what you need to know in today’s blog, below.
Watch out for warning signs
Before a vehicle fire ever erupts, there will be a few warning signs. While they may be subtle, it is better to be safe than sorry as a car fire can quickly get out of control and lead to extensive damage and possibly even injury. First, pay attention to the ground around your car before you start driving. If you notice fluid or oil surrounding your vehicle, take it to a mechanic immediately. Also watch out for electrical problems such as a blown fuse or loose wires. Secondly, always be sure that your oil cap is secured tightly. Also, keep an eye on your fluid levels and engine temperatures because if these suddenly fluctuate, you may soon experience problems. If your business involves a vehicle fleet, be sure to train your drivers to know what to watch out for before they begin driving.
If smoke begins to emerge from your vehicle, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. After you’ve come to a complete stop, turn off your car and exit the vehicle. You should always stay more than 100’ away from a burning car and do not under any circumstances attempt to re-enter your vehicle to retrieve personal items. Instead, call 911 and wait for the fire department to handle the situation.
Ensure you have the right equipment
Your vehicles should be equipped with fire safety equipment to ensure that vehicle fires can be dealt with safely. Always keep a fire extinguisher in every vehicle and be sure that you have emergency devices stashed in your trunk, such as flares, flags, or reflectors.
To choose the right fire extinguisher for your type of vehicle, be sure to speak to an experienced fire safety professional
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