Vehicles: An Unexpected Source of Fire Danger
August 3, 2022
While we live in a beautiful ski town, Park City is also a high-mountain desert; with that comes the threat of summer forest fires. Fire safety is as important as ever considering Utah’s severe state of drought. There are some simple steps we can all take to protect our precious town from the dangers that fires impose, especially when it comes to our vehicles.
Vehicles are an all too common source of local fires, due to a few common factors. It is important to not park a hot car on dry grass, as this can lead to the grass catching on fire. Maintaining normal tire pressure is also quite significant as a tire blowout on the highway can easily start a fire. Objects dangling from cars traveling down highways at 70+mph can create dangerous sparks. Therefore, it is important to secure trailer chains to make sure they don’t drag and spark a fire. For off road vehicles, it is also important to have spark arrestors in them (a mechanical device that traps hot exhaust particles ejected from a combustion engine).
It is not an understatement to say it is vital to maintain the overall health of your vehicle. In fact, the Lambs Canyon fire of 2021 was started by a simple malfunction of a car’s catalytic converter. Be sure to car for your care with fire safety in mind to help protect our environment and community!
By Pearson Ehrich