17 car fires occur every hour in the United States, based on research completed between 2006 and 2010. That’s more than 150,000 car fires annually.  Those numbers come from a September 2012 report by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA),

Take a look at these Car Fire Safety tips from the NFPA:

Car Safety Tips

What to look for….

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

Be proactive……
Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
•If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. 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, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.

What to do if your car is on fire?

  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road such as the breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • GET everyone out of the car. Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • MOVE everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • CALL 9-1-1.

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