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How to Protect Your Vehicle Affected by Volcanic Ashfall

Keeping up your vehicle on a regular PMS will help and save you from future car problems, even if it sometimes hurts on the budget. But trust me, this is better saving you from future headaches than letting your warrior on the road without or skipping a periodic maintenance service from your car dealer.

Additionaly (after a road accident and when nature steps in), it is best to bring your car to the nearest car care dealer to have your unit assessed and treated with the needed service.

As of 3:20 a.m., this Monday, January 13, released update on the volcanic eruption and ashfall situations in affected areas near Taal Volcano and nearby cities and provinces. Earlier given a level three category and immediately raised to the fourth in the evening of January 12, PHIVOLCS have estimated 6,000 evacuees are affected by the eruption. People are advised to wear protective N95 grade facemasks or wet towels to prevent inhaling airborne ashes and ballistic fragments from air which are dangerous to our health.

Motorists are also advised to drive with caution. Toyota Motor Philippines issued a helpful tips and reminders for their customers affected by the ash fall.

Toyota Advisory for Customers Affected by the Taal Volcano Ash Fall

Please make sure to protect yourself from the ash fall while cleaning your vehicle by wearing protective gear like raincoat and mask.

Please be advised of the following immediate measures to protect your vehicle/s:

1) Please wash your vehicles with pressurized water to remove ash from the vehicle’s body, but please do not wipe the vehicle while spraying water to avoid scratches on the vehicle’s body.

2) Please repeat if vehicle continues to be covered with ashfall.

3) If engine room is affected, please bring your vehicle to your nearest Toyota dealer for proper engine cleaning. Please contact your dealer if you have questions.

To avoid possible health risks, TMP recommends to refrain from using air conditioning system to prevent outside air from coming in. Use of the aircon system in ash fall conditions may pose some risks.

Air filter must also be cleaned if vehicle is driven in areas affected by ash fall.

TMP advises to refrain from driving during heavy ash fall for the safety and protection of the vehicle and its occupants.

Thank you very much and keep safe.”

In 1911, when Taal Volcano erupted, it killed 1,500 people and caused millions of pesos worth in damage.

Taal Volcano in Batangas spewed lava fountains around 3 a.m. on Monday.

As recommended by the NDRRMC, all classes and government work (private sectors are urged) in affected areas in Calabarzon, NCR, and Region 3 are already suspended, as well as the number coding as per MMDA advisory.

In times like this and if you have no important things to do outside, just stay at home, refrain from driving, and stay safe.

RECAP:

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert status to LEVEL 4 in Taal volcano as eruptive activity at the volcano intensified, with continuous eruption generating a 10-15 kilometer tall column of volcanic rock fragments and particles with steam.

According to the volcano monitoring alert levels of the PHIVOLCS, LEVEL 4 signifies that hazardous eruption may occur soon.

Stay vigilant and be updated with advisories from the national and local government.

In case of an emergency, please be advised of the following hotlines and contact numbers:

EMERGENCY HOTLINE
911

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS
143
8527-0000

BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION
117
3410-6319

NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION & MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
8911-1406 | 8911-2665 | 8911-5061 TO 65

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT
8511-1259

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE
117

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
(0920) 9498419
8711-1001 to 02

PAGASA
8927-1541
8926-4251

PHIVOLCS
8929-8958 | 8426-1469-79

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