A collision, rollover, mechanical or electrical failure can cause a part of the vehicle to your vehicle catches fire.
It is not always easy to prevent accidents, but the risks and possible consequences can be minimized. If you want extra security, follow these tips.
- Make sure you have your extinguisher loaded, in working order, and close at hand, and practice the quickest way to get it out of place in an emergency.
- Make sure, at least once a year, that a professional mechanic examines the electrical and fuel circuit so that the plastics and pipes are not altered by excessive heat from the engine.
- Pay special attention to the additions or modifications you make to the electrical installation (incorporation of extra headlights, relays, dash meters, etc.).
- Check and replace damaged cables, loose electrical connections, worn pipes, and repair any fluid leaks under the car.
- Frequently examine all sources of high temperatures (brake system, catalytic converters, exhaust pipes, etc.).
- If you have a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) equipment, examine the complete circuit at the time of the annual test.
- Be on the lookout for changes in the sound of your vehicle, and for smoke that may be expelled from the tailpipe while in motion.
- Avoid transporting high-combustion or explosive items, such as alcohol bottles, jugs, or aerosols inside the vehicle.
- If your car does not have them, try to add security elements such as:
- Inertial Fuel Switch - Cuts off fuel flow when car abruptly slows down (also stops power supply).
- Anti-backflow valve in the fuel tank mouth: prevents fuel from spilling through the lid (very useful in the event of a rollover).
- In the event of a fire starting in your vehicle:
- Park and apply the parking brake to prevent the car from moving.
- Do not open the hood, as the oxygen entering it could fuel the flames of the fire and expose you to a sudden flare-up.
- Aim the jet of gas from the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Contact the police or fire department.