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Packing for summer car safety

The open road beckons in summertime. Before you head out, check that your vehicle is properly stocked for emergencies, and replace or repair any necessary items.

Some of the key items to include:

  • First aid kit

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Flashlight with fresh batteries

  • Blanket

  • Drinking water and preserved food

  • Jumper cables

  • Flares, warning triangles or reflectors

  • Reflective clothing like a simple runner’s vest

  • Filled spare tire and toolkit

  • Vehicle manual

  • Roadside service contact information

Should you keep a fire extinguisher in your car? You may have noticed bumper stickers that say, “Fire extinguisher in trunk.” Should you carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle?

We talked with Salem Fire Department’s Brian Carrara, who said, “It’s always a good idea to have safety equipment in your vehicle. It’s like a safety kit and jumper cables — you don’t use them often, but it is important to have them when you need them.”

In vehicles, mounted fire extinguishers are key, as you do not want them rolling around or to become a projectile. Look for an extinguisher that comes with a secure mounting system, bracket and strap.

Having a fire extinguisher can slow down a fire until firefighters can get there, and sometimes put out small fires.


Brought to you by:

Nicole Kersey

Nicole Kersey has been with Capitol Auto Group since Sept 2022 as a receptionist. She has two great kids: daughter Kiera, age 12, and son Parker, age 10. She loves working at Capitol Auto Group because it’s family-oriented. Outside of work she enjoys attending Parker’s basketball games, shopping with Kiera and playing Mario Kart with her family.


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