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This summer, according to AAA, three-quarters of family travelers plan to travel by car to their vacation spot. According to the automobile club, a sizable number are not prepared in case something goes wrong. Cars can break down and even catch fire because of mechanical or electrical issues. NFPA’s Car Fire Safety tip sheet provides guidance on what to do if the car catches on fire:

  • Pull over quickly as it is safe to do, and be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road, such as a 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 everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

The tip sheet also includes information on how to prevent a car fire and knowing the danger signs. NFPA has a number of tip sheets relating to seasonal fire safety, fire and safety equipment, and fire causes.



Whether you are comfortable opening your eyes underwater, or not, is a matter of preference, but be sure to always keep your eyes wide open above-water for safety!  Electrical Shock Drowning or ESD can occur when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water. The current then passes through the body, causing paralysis, and results in drowning.  

Knowing what to look for and how to respond can save your life or those around you.  NFPA offers important tips for swimmers, boat owners, and pool owners, To learn more about the risks of ESD, check out NFPA's water safety page, or listen to a recent radio interview with Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes and Maryanne McGerty-Sieber from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and then feel safe to make a splash!

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