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Flammables in hot car can ignite

TRAFFIC police are reminding drivers to be careful about leaving flammable items such as perfume and lighters in direct sunlight in a hot vehicle, as they may trigger a fire and cause destruction of the vehicle.

Guo Jiao, a traffic police squad leader, said yesterday that such small items "are more likely to be ignored in vehicles."

Other common reasons that vehicles catch fire are fuel leaks, short-circuits and the lack of regular maintenance, said the police. Too many electrical devices placed in vehicles also increase risks, said officers.

City's fire department said it receives frequent reports of vehicles catching on fire. In the past year it received more than 900 such alarms, almost three reports a day.

Most drivers panic because they don't know what to do and the vehicles are left to burn to the frame, said officials.

Drivers also were reminded not to open the hood immediately after they see or smell smoke coming from it. Instead, they should stop the vehicle and cut the fuel and electrical circuit before aiming a fire extinguisher at the lower part of the front of the vehicle, fire officials said.

A fire extinguisher is required during annual vehicle checks, officials said, but many drivers instead just borrow one to get through the checks.


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