In its most recent available data, the U.S. Fire Administration reported that firefighters responded to 204,000 car fires in 2016 with an average of 345 people dying each year between 2014 and 2016. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe in the event of a car fire:

  • Pull over as quickly and safely as possible before shutting off the vehicle and exiting it.
  • Do not look under the hood, as opening it will only provide more oxygen for the fire to grow.
  • Move all occupants at least 100 feet away from the fire.
  • Keep other pedestrians and vehicles at a safe distance, and call 911.
  • Do not attempt to put out the fire yourself.

Take precautions to prevent car fires by checking for leaks; watching for rapid changes in fuel level, oil level or engine temperature; and taking your vehicle in for regular service by a professional auto mechanic. Avoid transporting gasoline and other flammable liquids whenever possible.