Automotive engine heater knowledge helps prevent fires
By Brett Galeener, Buckley Fire Department
/ Published January 11, 2010
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Checking vehicle engine heater units periodically can extend the life of the unit as well as preventing vehicle fires. To ensure the units are functioning properly, follow this advice:
- Ensure electrical connections and extensions are in good repair, are the proper size, and are weatherproof.
- Extreme temperatures may cause the insulation to crack when handled or coiled. A fire hazard exists should wiring become exposed.
- Do not run extension cords or wiring through or under doors, through windows, or other means from inside your house or work center. Use only exterior receptacles designed for this purpose.
- Do not secure electrical extensions with nails or wire. This may cause the extensions to become frayed or worn. Use only authorized insulated staples for stationary extensions.
- Engine battery, dip sticks and tank heater units can be just as dangerous as they are useful. Proper installation is a must to prevent costly fires.
Take the necessary precautions now to assure a safe operation or pay the consequences later.