Avoiding a Car Fire

A car caught fire last month in the 100 block of Conestoga in Wayne. Police report that the driver was able to get his car to a body shop after the vehicle started smoking.

While a collision car fire might be impossible to stop, there are some ways to reduce your chances of being involved in a spontaneous car fire. Follow these tips to make sure your vehicle isn’t destroyed in a blaze.

1. Check fuel lines for cracks and deterioration. Replace old fuel lines that are less equipped to handle gasoline with ethanol.

2. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Car fire damage can be difficult or impossible to repair, so having a fire extinguisher in your car is a good precaution.

3. Clean the engine compartment. Maintain the engine compartment because an oil-soaked engine is a potential fire hazard.

4. Pick up trash inside your car. Trash throughout your car can easily catch fire, especially for smokers.

5. Take caution when installing aftermarket parts. If you aren’t experienced or comfortable with installing new parts, like stereos, leave it to a professional.

If you start to smell a gas leak, call your local repair shop and take care of the problem right away. Repair shops can also make sure your engine and fuel lines are maintained.

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