SCDF: Overheating and engine electrical faults are main causes for vehicle fires

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) issued an advisory on preventing and handling vehicle fires after a taxi burst into flames on Saturday.

No injuries were reported in the Lornie Road incident, which occurred at about 1pm.

The SCDF went on to advise that most vehicle fires in Singapore occur while vehicles are travelling, often caused by ignition sources such as overheating and electrical faults within the engine compartment.

It said motorists should take their vehicles for regular servicing and checks on the electrical, engine and fuel systems.

Drivers are also advised to keep a constant look out for signs of oil leakage and equip their vehicles with fire extinguishers.

Should a fire break out, pull over to the road side, turn off the ignition and evacuate everyone from the vehicle.