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Vehicle Fire Safety

In the event of your vehicle catching fire it is important to know what to do to avoid injury or death.

1. Turn off the ignition, place the vehicle in park and engage hand brake.

2. Evacuate the vehicle, shut the doors and keep the area clear for a safe distance.

3. Call 000

4. If you have a fire extinguisher and feel confident using it consider the following actions

Fire under the bonnet

  • Release the bonnet catch only. Do not lift the bonnet as a rush of air could cause the fire to flare-up resulting in serious burns. Discharge the contents of the extinguisher through the bonnet gap.

Fire in the cabin

  • Discharge the contents of the extinguisher into the cabin directly on to the fire and close the door.

If LPG powered

  • Turn off the main supply valve (familiarise yourself with its location).
  • Attempt to extinguish the fire with extreme caution.

IMPORTANT: Smoke from burning plastic contains many toxic substances. Avoid breathing smoke at all costs.

5. When the fire has been extinguished:

  • Remove battery leads from terminals, if safe to do so.
  • Do not drive car until checked by auto electrician or qualified mechanic.

6. MFB recommend the purchase of a 1A 5B(E) dry powder portable fire extinguisher, installed in an easily accessible location

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