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SAE International Standard Focuses on Safety of First Responders during Off-Road Tire Fires

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 28, 2010 - A burning tire from an earth-moving vehicle is a potential time bomb.

The large tires often found on off-road vehicles have been known to explode during fires, throwing debris up to 900 feet - the length of three football fields.

Because the potential danger is considerable, SAE International has published a report to help first-responders and firefighters safely battle fires involving large, off-road vehicles.

J2828 – Off-Road Tire Fire Handling Guidelines provides specific information to help ensure the safety of the machine operator, rescue personnel, and firefighters when battling an off-road tire fire. It also provides information on the causes of tire fires and methods to reduce the likelihood of such fires.

The guidelines were published with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.

J2828 – Off-Road Tire Fire Handling Guidelines was created by SAE International’s Mtc8, Tire and Rim Committee. The standard is available on SAE International’s website http://standards.sae.org/j2828_201004 .

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