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Electrical Car Crash Training for Emergency Rescue Workers

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As electric vehicles are appearing more frequently on U.S. roadways, training emergency responders to safely rescue crash victims is becoming necessary. 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 NFPA’s new electrical car safety training initiatives.