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 signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road such as the 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.
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.
Know the danger signs
  • Cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems, including a fuse that blows more than once
  • Oil or fluid leaks.
  • Oil cap not on securely.
  • Rapid changes in fuel or fluid level, or engine temperature.