Fires in road vehicles increased from 10,716 in 1963 to 15,188 in 1968, the year on which this report is based. About half of the fires were in cars. This is a rate of 0.64 fires per thousand licenses. Lorry fires numbered 3,900 in 1968, and like cars, have been increasing steadily over the previous five years. Fires in tankers and buses, although small in number, approximately doubled in the five years 1964-1968. This coincides with the greater use of rear engined vehicles, but there is no evidence to suggest that these vehicles are a greater fire risk. It appears that the number of tanker and bus fires in which liquids other than petrol and diesel fuel oil were ignited initially would be sufficient to explain this increase. The fire incidence rate for goods vehicles is estimated to be about 3.16 per thousand licenses and that for buses is as high as 5.27. Car fires are most frequent during the later part of the day. The most important sources of ignition in road vehicle fires are wire and cable engine and mechanical heat and sparks. Road vehicle fires do not usually spread and about 27 percent are extinguished before the arrival of the fire brigade. The figure for cars is 33 percent and for buses 28 percent. For lorris the percentage successfully quelled is only 17. First aid firefighting by removal or disconnection, smothering or buckets of water generally appears to be more successful than using extinguishers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Abstract from FIRE RESEARCH ABSTRACTS AND REVIEWS, V.13, no. 1, pp. 79-80, 1971
  • Corporate Authors:

    Joint Fire Research Organization

    Borehamwood,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Chandler, S E
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00263270
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM