In a recent article by Tire Business, it was reported that trailer fires are the most common and are caused by brakes (32% of the time), wheel bearings (32%), air leaks (24%) or tires (12%). It was also revealed that the incidents of fire have increased since many fleets started to use skirts that direct air around the wheels and brakes.
-The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted tests and found that wheel-end components heated by frozen bearings can reach temperatures of 1,300 F.
-At 300 degrees Fahrenheit, the tire comes apart and blows out; at 500 F to 550 F, flammable vapors are generated; and at 650 F to 700 F, the tire will burn when provided with an ignition source.
-One of the most common mistakes leading to a trailer fire was packing hubs with too much grease.
Fisher: Many trailer, truck fires can be prevented
“OK,” replied the fireman. “How do we get there?”