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Fleet safety tip: Vehicle fires

A vehicle can catch fire for many diffrent reasons; mechanical or electrical issues are the most common causes. Center for Transportation Safety offers some tips to help you stay safe.

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To prevent a vehicle fire:

  • Have your car serviced regularly by a professional trained mechanic.
  • Keep a window open for ventiliation if you transport gasoline.
  • Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
  • Never park a vehicle where flammable materials, such as gas, are touching the catalytic converter.
  • Check for cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems.
  • Make sure oil caps are on securely.
  • Keep an eye out for rapid changes in fuel or fluid levels and engine temperatures.

If your vehicle is on fire:

  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, making your way to a safe location off the road such as the breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • Get everyone out of the vehicle and don't return to a burning vehicle for any reason.
  • Move at least 100 feet away from the burning vehicle, always watching out for traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1
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