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First responders ´at risk of electro-
cution from hybrid and electric
cars after serious accidents´

Daily Mail [UK], by Beth Stebner

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/29/2012 4:58:22 PM

Firefighters and other first responders are putting themselves at a serious risk for injury or even death when responding to hybrid and electric car crashes, an industry panel revealed this week. The danger comes with the increased size of those vehicles’ battery packs and becomes potentially deadly for those dealing with wrecked vehicles. Members of SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, said in a report that hybrid electric cars must be installed with industry-wide safety measures and warnings so rescue workers know ahead of time what they’re dealing with. Todd Mackintosh, the chairman of the SAE

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/29/2012 5:04:37 PM     (No. 9089063)

What about the people in the car?? Aren´t they in just as much danger from electricution?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bdog, 12/29/2012 5:12:15 PM     (No. 9089070)

They´re probably going to be dead from the impact.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: janylou, 12/29/2012 5:17:00 PM     (No. 9089076)

Law of I intended consequences.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 901AtTheRiver, 12/29/2012 5:32:56 PM     (No. 9089091)

You can be electrocuted by snapping a half dozen 9v batteries together.

Do not try this at home!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: curious1, 12/29/2012 5:48:55 PM     (No. 9089105)

FTA: "Members of SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers..."
Formerly? What are they called now? Or did they mean formally?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: f64, 12/29/2012 6:26:06 PM     (No. 9089139)

In the case of electric or hybrid vehicle accidents, make the EPA the first responders. The ecomaniac vehicle owners would would surely understand. Don´t want to hurt any vermin come to pick at the bodies. After the EPA completes it´s investigation and files an environmental impact study, the EMTs can move in.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: otronome, 12/29/2012 6:32:06 PM     (No. 9089145)

Come on, you wimps. We are talking about saving the entire planet here.

What are a couple of fried firemen or ambulance drivers, especially when they are not the types the saviors of the world hang with? The electrocution and fires are paid for with the CO2 saved from entering the atmosphere

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Reply 8 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/29/2012 6:53:21 PM     (No. 9089168)

Hardly more dangerous than 15 gallons of gasoline. Certainly the systems should be built to be crash-safe and some more work may be needed but I can´t see them being seriously more dangerous.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: neanderthal, 12/29/2012 7:03:33 PM     (No. 9089179)

Batteries explode like dynamite under certain cercumstances.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: provide, 12/29/2012 7:08:21 PM     (No. 9089183)

Just get a bulldozer and shove them out of traffic. Let the families fish them out.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 12/29/2012 7:14:57 PM     (No. 9089194)

There was a Prius accident here recently. When the EMTs arrived one said to the other, "what´s that hum, hum, hum?"

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/29/2012 8:06:58 PM     (No. 9089232)

New technology brings new hazards- however, electricity has been around for quite a long time. Like 1st responders are not at risk of fire hazard from gasoline fires? Believe me- fire and medic personnel will have a protocol for handling these types of emergencies safely.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/30/2012 6:03:39 AM     (No. 9089551)

If these electric cars don´t commit suicide by fire and burning your house down, then they´ll electrocute you. Liberal eco-terrorists have no brains whatsoever.

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