With the hot months coming on, the NMSU Fire Department would like to remind you to check your car and make sure it is road safe. As the months get hotter here in Southern New Mexico the chances of your car overheating and possibly catching on fire become greater. At the NMSU Fire Department, we would like to offer you some tips on how to handle a situation if your car does catch on fire. Here are a few things to look for to prevent that from happening . . .
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 to at least 100 feet away from the burning car and well away from traffic.
- Call 9-1-1.
Here are a few things you can do to help prevent a car fire in your vehicle while on the road.
- Have your car serviced on a regularly by a professionally trained mechanic.
- If you spot a leak, get it checked out — your car is not running properly. A well maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
- If you must transport any type of gasoline or propane, they must never be transported in the passenger compartment. For gasoline containers, make sure they are in a certified gas container and it is sealed.
- Drive safely to avoid an accident.
Here are a few danger signs to be on the lookout for and to also help in preventing possible car fires:
- 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.
You can look up this and other safety tips at www.nfpa.org/education.
Be safe on the roads!