Abu Dhabi Police initiative ‘Safe Summer’ aims to mitigate car fires

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Safety measures help cut vehicle fire risk

The Abu Dhabi Police have taken a significant step towards vehicle safety by launching a campaign titled “Safe Summer”, aimed at reducing the risk of car fires.

This comes as an urgent plea to drivers and vehicle owners to adhere to recommended preventative maintenance schedules, and to keep a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in their vehicles.

Importance of regular maintenance in preventing car fires

Brigadier General Khamis Rashid Al Kaabi, Director of the Criminal Evidence Department, has emphasised the crucial role of regular vehicle maintenance and preventive measures, particularly during the summer months when temperatures are high.

Hazards of direct sunlight on car interiors

Direct sunlight can pose a real danger to various objects and materials within vehicles, causing potential ignition.

Items such as lighters, perfumes, mobile phones, chargers, and other electronic devices can all contribute to the risk of a car fire when exposed to prolonged sunlight.

Understanding the causes of car fires

Major Dr. Eng. Adel Nassib Al-Saqri, Head of the Fire Department at the Criminal Evidence Department, pointed out that neglecting safety and prevention measures is often the cause of most car fires.

He made a reminder that vehicles inherently contain combustible components including liquid fuel, oils, and internal elements like plastic and rubber.

Regular checks and maintenance under the supervision of a qualified technician, coupled with the presence of a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in the vehicle, can significantly enhance safety measures and provide protection for the driver, passengers, and other road users.

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The proactive initiative by the Abu Dhabi Police underscores the importance of vehicular safety and the preventative measures that can be taken to mitigate the risk of car fires, particularly during the summer months.

Sharing such information can raise awareness among vehicle owners globally, encouraging adherence to safety guidelines and potentially saving lives.

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