According to the National Fire Protection Associate about 152,300 automobile fires occurred each year between 2006 and 2010. Automobile fires are something you should be well informed on and prepared to handle.
We have compiled a list of tips and tricks on how to handle a car fire in the event that it happens to you.
Practice Preventative Maintenance
If you practice safe driving and you take good care of your vehicle, many car fires can be avoided. You should make sure your car is regularly evaluated by a licensed mechanic. Most car fires are caused by fuel line malfunctions which can be prevented with regular tune-ups. If your engine has a “brunt” smell, immediately take the car into your mechanic.
Where Can Fires Occur?
Fires don’t always start in the car’s engine, although they do happen their frequently. Car fires can also occur under the vehicle, near the wheels and brakes, inside your dashboard, and even from inside the car itself.
What if You See Smoke?
The first sign of a car fire is typically a burning smell or the sight of smoke coming from the engine. If you notice either of these two things, you should pull over to the side of the road once it’s safe to do so. Turn the engine off and exit your vehicle once you find a safe spot.
If there are no active flames coming from your hood, pop it open slightly and see if you can tell what’s burning. Sometimes, debris from the road or small animals can get into your engine and cause a fire. If that’s the case, you might just need to remove the debris from your engine.
However, if you see flames coming from any part of the car, back away immediately and call 911. If the fire reaches your fuel tank, it could cause an explosion.
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