Take Care of Vehicles During Wildfire Season

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Take Special Care of Vehicles During Wildfire Season

This abbreviated article on “Take Special Care of Vehicles During Wildfire Season” was recently published by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB).  With all the ash and smoke we are receiving, I wanted to share with you this super helpful article.

Take Special Care of Vehicles During Wildfire SeasonSACRAMENTO – The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is encouraging special attention to vehicles and equipment during wildfire season.  Ash and smoke from wildfires can settle on vehicles.  This can damage the exterior paint, especially vehicles parked outside for long periods of time.  Dirty air filters can also affect the vehicle’s performance and potentially be harmful to drivers and passengers.

California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and the American Automobile Association (AAA) says you should remember the following tips when maintaining your vehicle(s) during wildfire season:

  • Do not let ash and soot sit on a vehicle for long periods of time. It can eat away at the vehicle’s paint and clear coat.
  • Be careful when you wash or wipe down your vehicle. Use only a soft cloth or duster. Ash and soot are more abrasive than regular dirt.  These can scratch the vehicle’s surface as you try to wipe it away.
  • Take Special Care of Vehicles During Wildfire SeasonIf you wash your own vehicle, rinse first with water.  Then wash thoroughly with soap.  Dry completely.
  • Take your vehicle(s) to a BAR-licensed auto repair shop and have them inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine and cabin air filters. Find a licensed auto repair shop near you using BAR’s Auto Shop Locator at ca.gov.
  • It is also a good time to check and change wiper blades.
  • Keep your vehicles in a garage or warehouse or use a car cover whenever possible.

If you are outside, considering wearing an N95 mask.

To learn how to reduces hazards in your home, read “Fire Hazards in your Home”.

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