First Responders Need Training to Rescue Victims in Electric Car Crashes

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More electric cars and hybrids are being driven on American roads as gas prices are still climbing and drivers are becoming more concerned with the environment.  With more vehicles being powered by complex electrical systems, emergency responders have had to undergo updated safety training to rescue trapped crash victims inside these new electric models.  Firefighters and other emergency responders need to carefully examine the automobile’s internal components, especially its complex electrical system.  Training by the National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) helps these rescue workers pinpoint the orange-colored, high-voltage wires that should not be cut during an emergency.  According to the 1/20/2011 “necplus newsbriefs,” interrupting the car’s 360-volt electrical system could result in serious injury.

NFPA consultants recently demonstrated how to disconnect the high-voltage system by turning the ignition button to “off” and slicing the black, 12-volt cable in the trunk that also cuts power to the airbags.  If a vehicular accident prohibits access to the cable, trained professionals can pull the “manual service disconnect” cap underneath the accessory tray between the front seats.  Click here to read more about the new electrical car safety training.  If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of an accident involving an electric or hybrid car, please e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.

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