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Never return to a burning car, move away and call for help
The most common causes of car fire are electrical and mechanical issues, but a bad car crash can also result in fire.
Act fast if you see or smell burning plastic or rubber, or once you see smoke and flames. If the car you are driving is on fire, pull over as quickly as you can. Use your signal lights to alert drivers behind you as you make your way to safety. Turn off the engine as soon as the car stops, and get everyone out of the vehicle. No matter how important your possessions are inside the car, never return to the burning vehicle and move at least a hundred feet away, then call for help.
Car fluids are mostly flammable. Any leaks, electrical sparks or heat can start a car fire. Learn how to prevent it by considering these tips:
• A professionally trained mechanic should regularly service your vehicle to spot leaks and loose or cracked electrical system and wirings using accurate instruments.
• If you need to carry gasoline for a distance, use a certified gas cylinder that can be sealed. Transport only a small amount. If possible, open windows for ventilation. Never put it inside the passenger compartment.
• Avoid parking your car where the hot catalytic converter can be easily reached by flammable materials and even dry leaves or grass that may cause flare.
• Have fuel lines checked regularly and fix any apparent problems to prevent car fires, damage and total loss.
• Act fast if you smell any burning plastic or rubber
• Pull over once you see smoke or flames spouting
• Check for gas leaks, loose or cracked wirings, etc.
Source: Cleofi-Krista Capili, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer