Technical assistance to plug-in vehicles entails additional dangers for the fire service; think of electrocution, thermal runnaway and unpredictable vehicle behaviour. However, the realization that electrocution danger is non-existence in emergency services, but that unpredictable vehicle behavior is the biggest problem, is declining further and further.
The most important task of a safety employee in an accident with a plug-in vehicle is therefore to first place the Emergency plug before anyone goes near the vehicle. After that, the area around the vehicle is safe to work and provide assistance.
Pulling safety plug
If you want to work safely on a plug-in car, you have to pull the Safety plug. To pull this plug, the rescuer must first be in the danger zone. There is a risk that he/she will be knocked over if the vehicle accelerates unintentionally. If you place the Emergency plug, the vehicle can no longer accelerate. The rescuer can safely walk around the vehicle after the emergency plug has been placed. When it is eventually decided to make the vehicle powerless, you can also safely pull the Safety plug from this moment.
When the rescuer decides during a small technical rescue that pulling the Safety plug is not necessary, he/she must switch off the vehicle by pressing the start/stop button. This is only possible when he/she physically maneuvers him/herself in the car. And then he/she must remove the key at least 5 meters from the car. During these maneuvers, the rescuer is in the danger zone if the vehicle were to accelerate unintentionally. If you insert the Emergency plug, you can perform these operations safely and you will not lose valuable time.
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Technical assistance to plug-in vehicles entails additional dangers for the fire service; think of electrocution, thermal runnaway and unpredictable vehicle behaviour. However, the realization that electrocution danger is nil when providing assistance, but that unpredictable vehicle behavior is the biggest problem is decreasing more and more. For more information read here or go to the website.
We discuss this in detail in the lessons that Total Safety Solutions gives. We can also demonstrate these dangers in the practical lessons with a scale model car. View the training E-voertuigen
Did you know that?
- The Emergency plug is universal and fits every electric car and plug-in hybrid with a type 1 and type 2 plug connection.
- The Emergency plug has a luminescent edge that glows blue when an electric car is actually “on” and the plug prevents the plug from driving off. This is an extra safety to check the condition of the car.
- The Emergency plug has a self-test function. With a button you test whether all software works correctly before you apply it. When operating correctly, the edge of the Emergency plug lights up green.
- An electric car normally locks an installed plug to prevent theft, for example. This makes it difficult to remove a normal charging plug. The Emergency plug is designed in such a way that it does not lock, making it easy to remove. This protection ensures that you can use the plug again and again.
- The Emergency plug can open the valve for the charging connection of a Tesla with the test button.
- The Emergency plug provides software updates.
- Using the Emergency plug prevents a lot of damage.