How to avoid car fires

Vehicle fires are one of the most common types. Here’s how you can minimise your risk.

Parking

The number of intentional car fires has increased by 200% since 1989, so it’s important that you keep your car parked in a secure place, where it’s less likely to get broken in to. A garage, private car park and your driveway are your best bets. Failing this, park them on a well-lit side road.  Don’t forget to lock your car up properly (boot, windows and doors) whenever you exit it.

To avoid accidental fires, make sure you never park over anything flammable. This could be anything from a puddle of oil to a patch of grass.

free driver safety tips

Drive carefully

If you don’t have an accident or collision, you won’t have a fire caused by one.

Keep your car free of clutter

This won’t necessarily prevent a fire from starting, but it can help prevent one from spreading. Remember, clutter is basically another source of fuel for the fire to burn.

Keep your car well maintained

A car older than 3 years will need an annual MOT check. You should also get it regularly serviced, to draw your attention to damage to any part that may allow for a fuel leak.

Keep a fire extinguisher in your car

This can help you minimise the damage caused by a fire, or contain one if it does break out.

If one breaks out in your engine, never try to open the bonnet as it will be hot. It will also fuel the fire by providing it with more oxygen.

Don’t smoke in your car

Or, properly dispose of smoking materials so that they don’t cause your interiors to ignite.

Today’s post guest authored by Natasha Sabin, a blogger from London City Fire Protection, a company that specialises in providing fire protection supplies and services in London. Click here to view more guides on their website.

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