Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant was heavily shaved on Friday morning when his Mercedes GLE SUV crashed at high speed near Roorkee in Dehradun before catching fire. The SUV completely charred, almost imperceptibly, after catching fire shortly after hitting the median on the Delhi-Dehradun highway on December 30. Rishabh Pant had to break one of the windows. of the SUV to escape the fire. He suffered very few burns due to timely help from locals and bystanders.
It is not uncommon for a car to catch fire after a high-speed collision. CCTV footage confirmed that the SUV was traveling at high speed after Pant fell asleep behind the wheel. Modern cars tend to pose a fire hazard in such incidents due to the equipment used to make these cars, such as plastic, foam, wiring or fabric. . Then there’s always the possibility of fuel leaking, the engine or battery catching fire due to extreme heat. What makes things worse is that most cars are not equipped with a mandatory fire extinguisher as a safety measure in the event of such an incident.
While accidents can happen at any time, under any circumstances, there are steps one can take to narrow down the possibility of death or injury. Timely precautions can also help prevent a car from burning out completely.
Getting rid of a burning vehicle should be the first and foremost priority for anyone in such a situation. In case you are stuck in a burning vehicle, use a sharp object to break the window to get out. Keeping a fire extinguisher as your primary weapon for fighting fires can also help reduce risk. There are a number of flammable devices in a car that can quickly ignite a small fire and can even lead to an explosion under certain circumstances.
HELP THE VISITOR
If you witness such an incident, it is important to get the victim out of the vehicle as soon as possible. In Rishabh Pant’s case, eyewitnesses and local residents were the first responders who helped him escape the burning SUV. If the victim cannot open the seat belt or the door is stuck due to the impact, use a sharp object to break the window or cut the seat belt to get the victim out.
KEEP A First Aid KIT IN HAND
Most cars these days come with a small first aid kit as a standard accessory. It contains most of the things a person needs in the event of a minor injury. However, one can be a little more cautious and add alcohol wipes or aloe vera gel to the kit to treat minor burns to the victim.
CALL SUPPORT SERVICE ON THE ROAD, EMERGENCY
In the event of a small fire, which can be extinguished with an extinguisher, call roadside assistance and an insurance provider to assess the damage. In case the fire cannot be controlled even after using the extinguisher, call the fire brigade as soon as possible. Also, call the traffic authority to control incoming traffic before the incident site is cleared and ensure the safety of others.
AVOID BURNING CAR
If you happen to see such a vehicle on fire, stay away. Keep your vehicle at a safe distance as well. A recent incident in Delhi showed how a fire from one car could lead to a major disaster as 20 other cars parked nearby were also charred.
First published date: December 30, 2022, 15:41 pm IST