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Vehicle Fire

Vehicle Fire: Prevention is the Best Approach

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 170,000 vehicles catch on fire every year?  That’s a lot of fires- many of which could be avoided by taking care of your vehicle. Keeping a fire extinguisher in your car can go a long way toward not becoming a statistic. But staying on top of vehicle maintenance is even better. Why? Because the vehicle fire statistics breakdown of the 170,000 vehicles shows:

  • 45% are caused by mechanical malfunctions or neglect
  • 23% are due to electrical wire or cable insulation failures
  • 32% are from collisions, carelessness, overturning, or unintentional actions.

This means over 65% of engine fires are connected in some form to maintenance. As such, it is important you are doing your part to ensure your car is safe.

Vehicle FirePreventing a Vehicle Fire

  • No smoking in the car. Vehicles today often have interiors made with polymers, plastics, and an assortment of synthetic materials. These products burn easily. Matches and cigarettes (if left unattended or forgotten) pose a significant risk of catching the interior on fire.
  • Don’t carry gas cans inside your vehicle. In a perfect scenario, don’t have gasoline containers inside your car. But, if you must, be sure that it is in only approved containers, and not placed in the passenger seat. If you must have a container of gas in the passenger seat, only purchase a small amount and keep the car windows open.
  • Keep up with car maintenance tasks. Keep the oil and other fluids at the proper level and clean up any spillage onto other engine parts. Make maintenance simple with AMSOIL products from your local dealer, Cardey 4Ever Oil.
  • Park safely. Don’t park your car in grass that is tall enough to touch engine parts that can heat up.
  • Use the right parts. When making changes or upgrades to your vehicle only use the recommended parts.
  • Be aware of damaged parts. If you notice loose hoses, cracked or fraying wires, or a missing oil cap, replace these parts as soon as possible.
  • Pay attention. These are signals that a fire could occur.
    • Loud noises from the exhaust system
    • Rapid changes in the fuel or oil level
    • A smell of burning rubber or metal
    • Smoke coming from the engine or brakes
    • Higher engine temperature

When a vehicle is new, it’s easy to keep it looking good and running smoothly. But it’s down the road that vehicle maintenance becomes more important than ever.

Keeping your vehicle well-maintained is important. Whether it is replacing or repairing seals or wiring, frequent oil changes, or being sure that the engine’s components are clean, do your part to minimize your engine becoming a fire hazard.