My Car Is On Fire -- What Should I Do?

  • Don't panic.
  • Determine if it's smoke or steam.
  • Pull off the road immediately.
  • Unlock power door locks -- in case electricity quits.
  • Turn the ignition OFF -- to shut off fuel pump and spark plugs.
  • Pull the hood release -- so firefighters can put out fire.
  • Get everyone out of the car.
  • Call the fire department.
  • Leave the sunroof, windows and doors closed.
  • Don't open the hood -- starve the fire of oxygen.
  • Don't fight the fire yourself. Water won't put out gasoline or electrical fires. Only TYPE B and TYPE C fire extinguisher. Dry chemical is most effective, but leaves corrosive residue.
  • If the fire is under the car: Get out and stay away. The gas tank could explode.