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Vehicle fires are seldom recognized as a problem. They are not only dangerous to the individuals physically involved but they are a serious threat to everyone.
Vehicle fires are so dangerous that firefighters wear full protective fire resistant equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus to keep themselves safe. They also have the ability to quickly put out vehicle fires with large amounts of water or other extinguishing agents. You don't have these safety advantages so use extra caution. Motor vehicle fires can be very dangerous!
Vehicle fires can produce toxic gases. Many vehicles are made of many synthetic materials that emit harmful, if not deadly gases when they burn. The main by-product of fires is the carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that causes death in high concentration.
A vehicle fire can generate heat upwards of 1500 F. Remember that water boils at 212 F, and most foods are cooked at up to 500 F. The heat generate is very dangerous and deadly. Vehicle fires puts innocent by-standers at the scene at risk. The flames within a vehicle fire tend to shoot out distances of 10 feet. Especially since parts of the vehicle can burst causing debris to shoot at great distances.
Vehicle Fire Facts
In more extraordinary instances, gas tanks have been known to explode. Hazardous materials, such as battery acid, can cause injury even without burning.
- 1 out of 5 fires involves motor vehicles.
- 1 out of 8 fire deaths results from motor vehicle fires.
- 600 are killed and 2,600 civilians and 1,200 firefighters are injured a year from motor vehicle fires.
If There is a Vehicle Fire, What Should I do?
Get yourself and all others out and away from the vehicle.
If the vehicle is in a garage or other structure, exit immediately.
Call 9-1-1. Tell them the location of the fire.
Never put yourself in danger by trying to retrieve your personal property or by trying to put the fire out.
Never open a hood or trunk if you suspect a fire under it. Air could rush in, enlarging the fire, leading to injury.
Last Updated: 9/10/2005 12:05:58 AM