What Would You Do If Your Car Caught Fire? , 08 th Jun 2017

A man was injured Tuesday in Santee when his car caught fire. Although the fire was extinguished by fire department crews, the man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor burns.

Would you know what to do if your car caught fire? We’ll talk about it in this issue.

How common are car fires?

Statistics tell us that vehicle fires account for about 13% of all fires in the U.S. (that’s not counting controlled fires, campfires, etc.). Each year, over 1,200 people are injured from vehicle fires, and damages from them are in excess of $1 billion.

How do most car fires start?

There are a number of things that can spark a car fire, including:

  • Collision;
  • Equipment failure (cracked or broken O-rings between fuel injectors and fuel regulators, broken or loose hoses, blown fuses, etc.);
  • Battery being installed incorrectly;
  • Act of nature (storm or accident involving power lines, etc.); and
  • Spilled oil underneath the hood that’s left over from oil change.

What should I do if my car catches fire?

  • If you’re in traffic, signal, and immediately move to closest place to stop, whether on side lane or in median;
  • Immediately turn off the engine (this stops the flow of fuel to the fire);
  • Get everyone out of the vehicle;
  • Move far away from the car – at least 100 feet – so that you and your passengers can avoid flames and toxic fumes;

After the fire has been extinguished

  • Once the fire is out, take photos of the damage and contact your insurance agent. It’s also a good idea to collect names and contact information of witnesses.
  • Do not attempt to retrieve personal items from the car until you’ve been told by a firefighter that it’s safe to do so.
  • Have your car towed to a mechanic for inspection before you try to operate it.

Call J&M Keystone for Home and Business Fire Restoration in San Diego

Vehicle fires are common and deadly. If it happens to you, acting quickly and decisively can mean the difference the flames being put out quickly or the fire escalating rapidly, leading to injuries and further damage.

If your home or business is damaged or destroyed by fire, however, keep the home restoration experts at J&M Keystone in mind. The recovery, cleaning and restoration process after a home or business fire is usually a very involved one. While it may be tempting to “call a friend of a friend” who you might think is capable of doing the job, your best bet is to leverage the skills of a licensed professional.

You can reach us 24/7 by calling 800-368-2757.

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