It's interesting to read about the changing role of firefighters in our society. It seems like we are getting increasingly good at preventing fires, so most firefighters spend their time on medical emergencies.
I totally like Blake Shelton's music more because I heard he set his yard on fire burning trash. Not that I'm condoning being unsafe with fire, but watching things burn is always fun. And this is an awesome song.
In 1980, nearly 460,000 cars burned up on highways. 30 years, later car fires have declined to 170,000 per year. Car fires are still not uncommon, but a lot less common from the days of the Ford Pinto.
"Automobile fires were involved in 10% of reported U.S. fires, 6% of U.S. fire deaths. On average, 17 automobile fires were reported per hour. These fires killed an average of four people every week. Mechanical or electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in roughly two-thirds of the automobile fires. Collisions and overturns were factors in only 4% of highway vehicle fires, but these incidents accounted for three of every five (60%) automobile fire deaths. Only 2% of automobile fires began in fuel tanks or fuel lines, but these incidents caused 15% of the automobile fire deaths."
The most likely time to be involved in a car fire is during the evening rush hour in the month of July, e.g. hottest time of the year. Not surprising, as many car fires involve a component of a car overheating.
Drive safely !!
More car fire stats: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/vehicles
"At the Fire Lab in Missoula, Montana, researchers reverse-engineer spreading fires using wind tunnels, fire-whirl generators, and giant combustion chambers. They're finding that fire is a mysterious phenomenon, and the physics behind it is often counterintuitive."