Keep Fire Extinguishers in your Car- Buy The Best Fire Extinguisher for Vehicles.
We use our cars daily. Whilst fire cars are fairly rare, it is wise to be prepared if a fire breaks out in the car.
It only takes a few minutes for the fire to spread and engulf the entire car therefore you should be prepared and know what to do.
Causes of Vehicle Fires
While around half of vehicle fires are started deliberately as an act of vandalism, to make a fraudulent insurance claim or cover criminal activity, many vehicle fires break out due to a lack of basic maintenance and forethought.
The main reasons for a car fire are:
- Faulty electrical wiring.
- Lack of basic maintenance.
- Self repairs due to lack of skill or knowledge.
- Over Heating or Air Conditioner Faults in Summers.
- Smoking in Cars.
- Gas Leakage or Fuel Leakage in Engine.
- Carrying flammable liquids in vehicles.
How can you prevent a Vehicle Fire
1. Have you Vehicle serviced regularly by a qualified mechanic or Authorized Service stations. A well maintained Vehicle is less likely to have a Vehicle fire.
2. Do not fit electrical accessories to your Vehicle by yourself unless you are sure about what you are doing. One of the main causes of Vehicle fires is short circuits often caused by DIY (Do-It-Yourself) modifications. The money you save paying an electrician may be less than the damage a fire can cause.
3. Do not transport flammable materials. If you have to, keep them in a safety container.
4. Do not smoke in your Vehicle. Vehicle interiors are made of synthetic materials which are flammable and once on fire these materials emanate highly toxic smoke and fumes.
5. Drive carefully to avoid an accident.
6. Check the Vehicle on a routine basis.
- Electric: Check wiring; look for signs of damage and wear, cracked or loose wiring, brittle insulation
- Fuel: Check for oil or fluid leaks below the Vehicle. Check fuel lines for connections and wear. Fuel vapour readily ignites on contact with stray spark or hot engine parts
7. Have a Vehicle fire extinguisher for emergency situations. A multi-purpose powder extinguisher are suitable for fires involving a Vehicles and small extinguishers are available like the 1kg Fire Squad Multipurpose Fire Extinguisher and 2kg Fire Squad Multipurpose Fire Extinguisher.
8. Do not use heat, naked flames or welding equipment near Vehicles fuel tanks or fuel lines.
9. Keep the Vehicles clutter free; in the event of a fire, paper and other trash can make the fire worse.
10. Maintain the Vehicle’s battery.
11. Park your Vehicles in a secure location, to avoid arson or vandalism.
If There is a Fire in Vehicle, What Should You Do
If you suspect a fire on the move you need to take prompt action.
If the fire is inside the Vehicle , smoke coming from behind the dashboard, stop immediately, turn off the ignition and get out of the car as quickly as possible – there is a real danger that the vehicle will quickly fill with highly toxic smoke and fumes
If the fire is under the vehicle bonnet:
- Choose a safe place to stop, away from places where the fire could spread if the vehicle burns out.
- Switch off the engine and get everyone out of the vehicle.
- Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning vehicle. Fuel tank or tyres can explode and throw off burning debris.
- Do not open the bonnet.Opening the bonnet allows air to get to the fire and might make it flare up.
- If you have a fire extinguisher, loosen the bonnet just enough to aim it underneath. If you cannot do this, stand back and call for assistance Do not use water on fire involving fuels as you will just spread the fire and cause injuries to yourself.
- Call 101 immediately for the Fire Brigade.
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