Can Auto Fires Be Prevented?

Auto fires are rarely preventable. If they are caused by manufacturing defects, they are almost impossible to predict. In order to minimize the chances of a fire, however, you should have your car regularly services, immediately deal with leaks or electrical issues, and stay alert to unusual signs.

As auto fires are mainly the result of traffic collisions or manufacturing defects, preventing them is rarely possible. However, certain measures can reduce the risks of being injured in such an event. According to NFPA's (National Fire Protection Association) tips on how to prevent a car fire:

  • Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic
  • If you spot leaks or your car is not running properly, get it checked
  • If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed and keep a window open for ventilation
  • Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment
  • Never park a car where flammables are touching the catalytic converter
  • Drive safely to avoid an accident

If you notice the following danger signs, take action immediately:

  • Cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems, including a fuse that blows more than once;
  • Oil cap not on securely
  • Oil or fluid leaks
  • Rapid changes in fuel or fluid level, or engine temperature

A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire. Also, you should avoid smoking inside your car to considerably reduce the chances of being involved in an auto fire.

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