It comes after a recent incident in Ventnor, as exclusively reported by Island Echo, where a woman smelt burning from her car and managed to pull over and take her child out of the back seat before the vehicle caught fire.
Trevor Moyce, the fire and rescue service community prevention and protection manager said:
“Although relatively rare, car fires can and do happen and it is important drivers are prepared. When a vehicle catches fire, it happens very quickly.
“Vehicles are very complicated pieces of equipment with lots of electrics and combustible liquids such as fuel, so we ask that all motorists take note of simple safety tips to prevent life threatening incidents.”
If you smell burning in your vehicle, pull over in a safe place, turn the engine off and get out the vehicle. Move a safe distance away and call 999. Never return to the vehicle to try and put out the flames yourself. Lifting the bonnet of the vehicle is also dangerous as the severity of any flames can quickly increase when exposed to fresh air.
Try to stand upwind from a fire which will help prevent breathing in any fumes from the smoke.
A key piece of advice is to never leave your vehicle running while unattended, especially with a child or other people in the car.
The fire service is happy to offer advice and guidance on car safety. Log on to www.iwight.com for more information.