Avoiding vehicle-caused fires
Prevent wildfires with proper vehicle use
Every year, drivers both on-road and off-road start wildfires in Canada. Most could be prevented with these simple steps.
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Practice safe towing. Dragging chains throws sparks. Use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains. Even if you’re going over some gravel on your ATV for a short time, there is still a risk.
Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground.
Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. This is especially important for ATVs while you’re out on the land.
Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that you won’t even see—until it’s too late!
Maintain proper tire pressure. Driving on exposed wheel rims will throw sparks.
Brakes worn too thin may cause metal to metal contact, which can cause a spark.