If Caught In A Fire, Driving – Shelter In Car

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  • Don’t drive into or near bushfires. If caught in a bushfire don’t drive through flames or thick smoke
  • Stop in an area of low vegetation. Leave motor running and airconditioner (recycle), hazard lights and headlights on.
  • Stay inside unless near safe shelter. Keep vents, windows and doors closed. Lie inside, below window level, under a woollen blanket for skin protection.
  • After the main fire-front passes, if car is on fire or heat and fumes inside are severe, get out and move to already burnt ground, keeping your whole body covered with the blanket.
  • The fuel tank is unlikely to explode in the period you need to stay in the car while being shielded from the deadly radiant heat of the main fire-front.