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.