SCDF advises vehicle owners to service their cars regularly after car catches fire on BKE

To prevent vehicle fires, vehicle owners should ensure their vehicle's electrical, engine and fuel systems are free from defects. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) urged vehicle owners to service their vehicles regularly after a car caught fire at the Dairy Farm Road exit of the Bukit Timah Expressway on Tuesday (Feb 6).

The SCDF said it was alerted to the incident at 5.20pm and extinguished the fire with a water jet. No injuries were reported.

To prevent vehicle fires, vehicle owners should ensure their vehicle's electrical, engine and fuel systems are free from defects, said the SCDF in an advisory sent to The Straits Times. Vehicle owners are also encouraged to check for signs of oil leakage.

Most vehicle fires in Singapore occur in vehicles that are on the move, said the SCDF. It added that ignition issues, such as overheating and electrical faults within the engine compartment, are the primary cause of such fires.

If a vehicle emits smoke while it is travelling, drivers should pull over to the side of the road, turn off the ignition, evacuate all passengers and call 995.

Vehicles should also be equipped with a fire extinguisher, as most vehicle fires start small but develop quickly due to the presence of flammables such as petrol, diesel and lubricants.

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