A Personal Injury Lawyer’s Guide to Auto Fires
“If the flesh and bone survive, the metal ought to.”
- Nearly 1 out of 4 fires involves motor vehicles
- 1 out of 8 fire deaths results from motor vehicle fires
- Approximately 550 are killed and 2,100 civilians and 1,200 firefighters a year are injured from motor vehicle fires
- Get yourself and all others out of and away from the vehicle. If the vehicle is in a garage or other structure, exit immediately
- After you are a safe distance from the vehicle, call the fire department at 911 or the local emergency telephone number. Tell them the location of the fire
- Remain away from the vehicle: do not attempt to get back into a burning vehicle to retrieve personal property
- Never put yourself in danger using a fire extinguisher. If you do use a fire extinguisher, only do so from a safe distance and always have a means to get away
- It is recommended to use a fire extinguisher approved for use on class “B” and class “C” fires
- Do not open the hood or trunk if you suspect a fire under it. Air could rush in, enlarging the fire, leading to injury.
- The dangers of motor vehicle fire are often overlooked. Each year, these fires kill over 550 people and injure thousands more. Toxic gases and other hazardous substances, and flying debris and explosion, combine to produce serious dangers in motor vehicle fires.
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