What should you do to reduce the risk of your vehicle catching fire?
Check out any strong smell of fuel – Your vehicle’s fuel can be a significant fire threat. If you smell fuel, look around to see where it’s coming from. Never use a naked flame near it if you can smell fuel or smoke when refuelling.
Carrying a sufficient fire extinguisher in your vehicle may assist you in extinguishing a little fire. If you suspect a fire in the engine compartment:
- Pull up as soon and safely as possible.
- Ensure that all passengers are securely evacuated.
- Call for help or have someone ring 999 or 112 for you.
- Don’t open the bonnet.
- When the release catch is activated, you may be able to direct any available fire extinguisher through the little opening.
- If the fire appears to be big, do not attempt to extinguish it; instead, move away from the car and leave it to the fire department.
- Don’t take any risks.
Remember that fire can spread through a car at an astounding rate. If you sense a strong odour of fuel, don’t ignore it; instead, notify the emergency services when they arrive.