Do You Know About Dangerous Vehicle Fires?
Last month Las Vegas fire officials said a person was found dead inside a vehicle that caught fire. It was reported that the car was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Vehicle fires are a common occurrence. Below we will discuss the dangers of vehicle fires and provide vehicle fire safety tips.
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Are Vehicle Fires Dangerous?
A vehicle fire is extremely dangerous and can have deadly consequences. Why are vehicle fires so dangerous? Many reasons including the following:
- Vehicle fires can produce toxic gases. The materials used to make motor vehicles can emit harmful, and even deadly gases when they burn.
- Fires can cause fatal or debilitating burn injuries. A vehicle fire can generate heat upward of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Burning vehicles can emit flames and parts of the vehicle can burst. Flames and debris can shoot great distances, injuring all in their path. Although not as common as in the movies, vehicle fires can cause gas tanks to explode. Other hazardous materials can cause additional injury upon contact.
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How Common Are Vehicle Fires?
In 2019, there were around 189,500 highway vehicle fires reported in the United States. In 2019, local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.3 million fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), vehicle fires accounted for:
- 17 percent of the fires and civilian deaths
- 12 percent of civilian injuries
From 2014 to 2016, the U.S. Fire Administration reported the following:
- Approximately one in eight fires responded to by fire departments across the nation was a highway vehicle fire.
- An estimated 171,500 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States. Causing an annual average of 345 deaths, 1,300 injuries, and $1.1 billion in property loss.
- These highway vehicle fires accounted for 13 percent of fires responded to by fire departments across the nation.
Vehicle Safety Issues
Vehicle fires can have many causes, including vehicle safety issues. Fire risk investigations and recalls do occur for vehicles. The following are recent issues:
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating allegations of non-crash fires in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles.
- In 2020, the NHTSA issued a consumer alert: Important Chevrolet Bolt Recall for Fire Risk. The alert warned owners of select model year 2017 to 2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles. It said owners should park their cars outside and away from homes until their vehicles have been repaired. Due to a new recall for the risk of fire.
- In 2019, the NHTSA made inquiries to Tesla regarding non-crash battery fires in the Model S and Model X.
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How Can You Prevent Vehicle Fires?
Now that you know vehicle fires are dangerous, you may be wondering if you can prevent vehicle fires. Rest assured, you can take steps to prevent vehicle fires. The NFPA provides the following tips to prevent vehicle fires:
- Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks or your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
- Know the warning signs that a vehicle is vulnerable to fire. Warning signs include leaks, cracked or loose wiring, and electrical problems. Other warning signs include rapid changes in fuel level, fluid level, or engine temperature.
- If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
- Never transport gas cans and propane cylinders in the passenger compartment.
- Never park a car where flammables are touching the catalytic converter. This includes grass.
- Always drive with caution. Drive safely to avoid an accident.
What Should You Do if Your Car Is on Fire?
Even if you use the above safety tips, your car can still catch on fire. A car fire is dangerous and can be deadly. It can be even more dangerous if you are driving your vehicle when it catches fire. If you are driving your vehicle and it catches fire you should pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so. Once you are safely stopped, turn off the engine. Next you should get everyone out and away from the car. Immediately call 911.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you should do the following if your vehicle is on fire:
- Remain away from the vehicle.
- Do not attempt to get back into a burning vehicle to retrieve personal property.
- If you choose to use a fire extinguisher, only do so from a safe distance and always have a means to get away. Use a fire extinguisher approved for use on class B and class C fires.
- Do not open the hood or trunk if you suspect a fire under it. Air could rush in, enlarging the fire and leading to injury.
- Be aware that alternative fuel vehicles can present special hazards. Do not approach such a fire.
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