Vehicle fires are the third leading type of fire and result in millions in losses annually. That’s why it’s crucial that you are equipped with an adequate mobile suppression system and put certain safety precautions in place to prevent fires. . Fire Systems Inc. specializes in repairs, installations, and inspections of all types of vehicle suppression systems in vehicles used in mining, landfills, quarries, forestry, and construction.
- Electrical FiresElectrical fires are the primary cause of commercial vehicle fires including dump trucks according to a study done by an insurance company based in California. Ways to prevent vehicle fires include utilizing battery-disconnect switches and regular maintenance of electrical cables.
- Hot LoadsHot loads are another common cause of vehicle fires. Something as small as a burning cigarette butt or coal ashes can cause a smoldering fire in the back of dump trucks. Making sure each truck is empty at the end of the day and training drivers to spot and deal with hot loads can prevent equipment loss due to a hot load fire.
- Miscellaneous causes
Vehicle fires can also be caused by a variety of reasons such as hydraulic fluid leaks, frozen wheel bearings, tire fire, or holes in the exhaust system. Regular inspection of hydraulic hoses, fuel lines and the exhaust system can greatly reduce the chances of vehicle fires. Proper driver training can also help create a fast response time.
Maintaining Your Vehicle Suppression System
Knowing the top fire hazards for dump trucks and other commercial vehicles is important to help reduce the possibility of a fire. Despite taking all of the necessary safety measures however, sometimes fires are unavoidable. When a fire breaks out, having the right mobile suppression system in place can help minimize the loss of life and property. Fire Systems Inc. does repairs, installations, and inspections on all types of vehicle suppression systems in vehicles used in mining, landfills, quarries, forestry, and construction. Call 770-333-7979 or visit our website to learn how we can help.