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Vehicle Fire Safety

Vehicle fires can occur at any given moment and it is a traumatic experience that you do not wish to encounter.

Vehicle fires can occur at any given moment and it is a traumatic experience that you do not wish to encounter. Approximately, 200,000 vehicle fires on average happen every year in the United States according to the National Fire Protection Association. This staggering figure leads to hundreds of deaths and injuries resulting in billions of dollars in property loss. Although vehicle fires may sometimes be caused by accidents or mechanical problems, it is important to note that numerous other vehicular fires are avoidable. Familiarizing yourself with the usual causes of vehicle fires and learning how to take preventative measures towards fire safety can decrease your chances of having one and keep you safe during an emergency.

Vehicle Fire Safety

If your vehicle catches fire

    • Pull over as quickly as you can when it is safe.
    • Once you have stopped, turn off the engine.
    • Get everyone out of the vehicle. Never return to a burning vehicle. Do not try to fight the fire yourself.
    • If you think there is a fire under the hood or trunk, do not open it. This could cause the fire to grow.
    • Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning vehicle and well away from traffic.
    • Call 911.
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To prevent a vehicle fire

    • Have your vehicle serviced regularly by a trained mechanic.
    • Keep gas cans or propane tanks away from passengers. Tightly seal and place them on a flat surface to make sure they stay upright.
    • Keep windows open to stop fumes from building up if you must put gas cans or propane tanks inside your vehicle.
    • Drive safely to avoid an accident.

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