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Car fires:
How to deal with it and how to prevent it

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Car on FireA car fire is one of the worst things that can happen to your car. It quickly turns a small issue into a big problem and puts you, your family and your car in danger. It is important to not keep pushing your car to continue when it is overheating. If it starts to overheat, turn it off before something goes really wrong.

These fires can occur even when you think your car is in good condition. It may be fault you cannot see, a lack of car maintenance or simply a technical fault, as was the cause with Vauxhall Zafiras earlier this month. In this instance, these fires were sudden and dangerous, as can be seen from the picture above.

life hammerIf there is a fire, stay well away from the car and call for help. Keeping an emergency hammer in your car can be vital in a situation like this, as the electrical windows in a car may not open in a fire, and may need to be broken. The emergency hammer also cuts seat belts open, to help aid a quick escape.

Regular car maintenance and servicing can reduce the risk of these dangerous events by discovering and fixing small issues before they become big problems. Alongside regular servicing, you can carry out some maintenance yourself such as checking and maintaining oil levels, and changing the oil when needed. These can greatly reduce the risk of fire.

Always get an issue with your car seen to as soon as it arises, otherwise it can further damage the car and can lead to fires in many cases.

 

For car servicing see:

http://teamautocentre.ie/car-servicing/

For purchasing oil see:

http://www.team.ie/en/public/article/searchByKeyword?keyword=oil

For an emergency hammer see:

http://www.team.ie/en/car-van-accessories/breakdown-emergency-safety/emergency-hammer

More information on these Vauxhall Zafira fires:

http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/614149/Vauxhall-Zafiras-recall-cars-turn-terrifying-fireballs

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