U.S. Fire Administration offers life-saving tips

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Vehicle Fire Safety

Burn Line: 503-266-1195 | Station Office: 503-266-5851
221 S. Pine Street, Canby | www.canbyfire.org

It’s important to act quickly if a vehicle catches fire. Burning vehicles can quickly trap occupants. Mechanical and electrical issues, along with crashes, are common causes of vehicle fires.

If your vehicle catches fire

• Pull over as quickly as you can when it is safe.

• Once you have stopped, turn off the engine.

• Get everyone out of the vehicle. Never return to a burning vehicle. Do not fight the fire yourself.

• If you think there is a fire under the hood or trunk, do not open it. This could cause the fire to grow.

• Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning
vehicle and well away from traffic.

• Call 9-1-1 immediately.

To prevent a vehicle fire

• Have your vehicle serviced regularly by a trained mechanic.

• Keep gas cans or propane tanks away from passengers. Tightly seal and place them on a flat surface to make sure they stay upright.

• Keep windows open to stop fumes from building up if you must put gas cans or propane tanks inside your vehicle.

• Drive safely to avoid an accident.

Electric Vehicle Fire Safety

Many residents in your community have purchased or are thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV) but may be unaware of the risk of fire or electric shock injury related to charging EVs.

Before buying an EV, have a qualified electrician install:

• A new, dedicated circuit for your EV charging device. Older home wiring may not be suitable for use with EV supply equipment.

• Level II charging devices (if that is your preferred charging method).

Charging EVs:

• Follow manufacturer’s guidelines when charging your vehicle. Check with your local dealer if you need
additional information.

• Purchase a charging device that is certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

• Plug Level I EV chargers directly into an outlet designed to handle the amperage of the charging device. Never use a multiplug adapter or extension cord.

• Install a residual current device with the charging unit. It will turn off the power if a fault is detected.

• Place all charging device components out of reach of children when not in use.

• Maintain your charging station according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Signs of excessive wear may indicate a potential shock hazard. Never use an EV charger with obvious signs of damage.

• Cover the EV charging station outlet to keep out water. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to make sure it is safe to charge your EV in wet conditions.