Cars can catch fire for many reasons.
Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, react immediately.
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 turn signal as you make your way to a safe area such as the emergency lane, rest area or off the roadway.
Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
Get everyone out of the car, NEVER return to a burning vehicle for anything.
MOVE everyone at least 100 feet from the burning vehicle and away from traffic.
CALL 9-1-1 and report the fire after you are away from the burning vehicle.
How to prevent
a car fire:
• Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
• If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
• Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
• Never park a car where flammables, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.
• Drive safely to avoid an accident.
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