Top Reasons for Vehicles to Catch a Fire:

Though not as common as house fire, car fire is not much of a rare sight anymore, and it always comes with serious collateral damage. In some cases, the loss of life. 
It has been a usual practice to keep a fire extinguisher at home, but that habit has not been extended to their vehicles, a place where motorists spend a fair amount of time on. 
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Here are the top reasons for vehicles to catch a fire:
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1. Car crash — Most car crumple zones have sheet metal to absorb the impact around dangerous areas such as the engine, fuel tank and battery, but a hard hit can still cause fluid leaks and spillage which entails fire.
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2. Poor Maintenance — broken parts, leaky seals, or faulty wiring are strong contributing factors that cause a fire.
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3. Wiring and battery failure — A standard battery's charging cycle can cause a buildup in the engine bay, and the electrical charges will produce sparks that can ignite leaked fluids. Also, electrical wiring runs throughout an entire car, and a fray wires are dangerous.
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4. Engine Overheating — An overheat engine can make the internal fluids rise to dangerous temperatures and spill. When the spillage reaches other hot parts of the car, it will spark an ignition easily.
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5. Fuel leaks — Car fluids are usually flammable and corrosive, especially petrol that has low combustion point that can be easily lighted with a cigarette. If the spillage touches hot metal parts, it would instantly cause a fast-spreading fire.
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6. Catalytic converter overheating — Catalytic converter is a device that uses a catalyst to convert three harmful compounds in car exhaust into harmless compounds, and it’s very prone to overheating in the process. An overworked catalytic converter can easily reach 1,093.3°C, hot enough to make a metal glows.
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7. Electric batteries — With the ongoing eco-friendly movement, more electrical batteries have been hitting the road. Even with an eco-friendly label, it’s still flammable like the conventional battery. A strong impact could cause the coolant in the battery to leak, and the leaking coolant could spark a blaze when it got in contact with the damaged battery.
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Most of these fire started with just a spark, a spark that could ruins a person's life. While tragedy can’t be avoided most of the time, it can be mitigated, provided you have what you need when you need it. 
The worse place for a fire to happen is at a place where it’s least expected for the happening, and a small investment could be life changing.


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