HYDERABAD: With temperatures set to soar further, fire safety department has issued an advisory for car drivers in the city. The move comes after the Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department witnessed as many as 30 cases of vehicles catching fire on city roads.
“There have been as many as 30 cases of cars catching fire in city in last one year,” M Srinivas, district fire officer, Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services department said. The problem is that when cars catch fire, it affects traffic and there is a chance of other cars catching fire too, he added.
The most common reason cited for the incidents is overheating of engines during summer. “Due to ‘misusing’ of wiring, manufactures give exact specifications for the wiring but people manipulate the wiring by local manufactures thus tampering with the original,” Srinivas said.
The department officials said people must ensure they use authorised car batteries and go for regular vehicle maintenance. With summer heat set to touch 45 degree Celsius mark, the department is going on an awareness drive, he added.
“Fortunately, 90 per cent of the fires incidents take place during the day and people are able to call 101 immediately. We use the Rapid Response Team (RRT) to address the fire,” Srinivas said.