Managing the Financial Side of Commercial Fleets

Safety Tip: Vehicle Fire Prevention and Response

October 9, 2017

A tow truck operator prepares to tow away a fire-damaged car from a California freeway. Automotive Fleet photo.
A tow truck operator prepares to tow away a fire-damaged car from a California freeway. Automotive Fleet photo.

In 2015, firefighters responded to 174,000 car fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Since Oct. 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week this year, now is a good time to review the warning signs of potential fire risk in vehicles.

State Farm recommends that drivers look for these red flags:

  • Fuses that blow repeatedly
  • Spilled oil under the hood left over from an oil change
  • Oil or other fluid leaks under the vehicle
  • Cracked or loose wiring, or wiring with exposed metal
  • Very loud sounds from the exhaust system
  • Rapid changes in fuel level, oil levels or engine temperature
  • A missing cap from the oil filter
  • Broken or loose hoses.

The National Safety Council recommends these measures if you smell smoke or see flames coming from your vehicle while you’re driving:

  • Signal and immediately move to the closest safe place to stop, whether that’s a side lane or a median.
  • Stop the vehicle and turn off the ignition.
  • Get every person out of the vehicle, and don’t allow anyone to go back to retrieve personal items.
  • Move far from the burning vehicle to avoid the flames and toxic fumes — at least 100 feet — and also keep bystanders back.
  • Call 911.
  • Alert oncoming traffic if possible.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Comments

Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:
 
 

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Sponsored by

Buick is currently the oldest American still-active automotive make, and among the oldest automobile brands in the world.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher