The summer season can be very unfortunate not just for you but also for your car. The incident of fire breakout is common in summer while driving or parked in a hot environment. Here are our tips to prevent and how to respond if your vehicle caught fire.
1) Maintenance is the Best Protection:
The best way to avoid a car fire is to have your vehicle checked at regular intervals.
- Professionals mechanics can identify problems, like fluid leaks, before they become serious hazards. They can also suggest solutions and carry out repairs.
- If your think that minor problems are inconvenient and are costly to repairs these problems then you are making a serious mistake because minor issues can cause huge damage in the future.
2) Be Careful What you are Carrying:
Anything that contains flammable liquids like lawn movers or chainsaws, has the potentials to start a fire, so be extra careful when Carrying such items in your vehicle.
- If you need to transport gasoline, such as in an emergency situation, make sure to store it in a certified seal container. Place the container in the trunk, not inside the car.
- To prevent harmful fumes from filling the interior of your car, always leave a window open for ventilation.
3) Keep a Fire Extinguisher in the Car:
A fire extinguisher can prevent a small fire from turning into a disaster. Look for a portable fire extinguisher model that is compact enough to keep it handy.
- Since your vehicle has different components that are highly vulnerable to caught fire, such as oil, wires, gasoline, and coatings, your fire extinguisher must be designed to control the fire from these types of materials.
- Look for dry powder extinguisher certified for use on Class A(fabric and paper), B(flammable liquids), and C(Electrical Equipment) fires.
4 ) Pay Attention to Warning Signs:
Examine your car every time when you refuel to check any issue.
- Loose Cables, rapid change in engine temperature, oil and fuel leaks, electrical problems, and fluctuation in the levels of engine fluids can be a warning sign of fire.
- Immediately fix these problems.
5) During a Car Fire:
Unfortunately, if your vehicle catches fire:
- Exit traffic and go to an area free of anything that catches fire, if possible.
- Stop the Car and switch off the engine.
- Leave the vehicle immediately
- If the flame is small then try to use your fire extinguisher if you have.
- Otherwise, stay away from the vehicle at least 30 m and ask for help.
- If your vehicle caught fire in traffic then divert traffic from your vehicle.
- Call your local emergency service and wait for them to arrive.
Although Vehicle fires in modern vehicles are rare it can occur in extreme summer weather therefore prevention is better than cure by following these tips for preventing and responding to a fire.