Fires in tunnels
If there's a fire in a tunnel
- If you can, drive until you've exited the tunnel
- If that's not possible, stop your vehicle in a breakdown bay
- As a last resort try to pull over to the side of the lane
- Turn on your hazard lights and switch off your engine
- Exit your vehicle after checking for oncoming traffic, or exit from the passenger side and get behind a barrier
- Use one of the emergency phones along the tunnel wall to call for help
- If in doubt about your safety, leave the tunnel via the nearest exit
Overhead sprinkler system
Clem7, Legacy Way and AirportlinkM7 tunnels have overhead sprinkler systems to help put out fires. This means the control room can activate a downpour directly onto a fire. It's very important that if a downpour of water is activated, you DON’T drive through it.
Warnings and smoke
If you're approaching a tunnel and are warned of a fire or see smoke:
- don't enter the tunnel
- stop outside and wait for instructions from tunnel personnel, emergency services or police
- turn on your radio and listen for instructions.
How to evacuate
- If you're asked to evacuate, first turn off your vehicle's engine and leave the keys in the ignition
- Move away from the smoke or fire and leave via the nearest exit
- If you need assistance, put your hazard lights on and call for help
It's very important that you don't stay in your vehicle once instructed to evacuate.