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What Should I Do If My Car Catches Fire?

A car accident or truck crash can be extremely traumatic - and a car or truck accident that involves fire or explosions is even more so. In the seconds and minutes after an accident involving a car fire, what do you do?

Vehicle fires are more common than you might think: The National Fire Protection Agency reports that there are roughly 300,000 vehicles per year, resulting in around $1.3 billion in property damages.

Review these helpful tips on car fire safety so that you know to act if you are ever put in this life-threatening situation:

· Car fires are very dangerous, especially considering the possibility that the gas tank could possibly explode. For this reason, it is most important to get you and your passengers out of the car as quickly as possible, leaving behind your possessions.

· Before leaving the vehicle, turn off the engine if possible.

· Don't stay near the burning vehicle. Instead, get as far away from the vehicle as possible in case the fire spreads or the fuel tank explodes. In addition, keep onlookers from approaching the fire.

· Once you are in a safe place, call the fire department for assistance. If you or any of your passengers are injured or burned, call for medical assistance immediately.

· Do not return to the car to try to put out the fire. Do not return to the car to retrieve any possessions Although the car might be an important part of your life - it is not as important as your life!

· Even if you only see smoke after an accident or smell burning, act quickly and take the same precautions as if you could see actual flames. Remember - where there's smoke, there's fire.

· Keep a knife near you in the car (in the glove compartment or console). In the event that you or a passenger is trapped in your seatbelt, you can use the knife to cut the belt quickly.



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