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11:28 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A stretch limo is the trademark of a special event. Leather seats, glassware, everything says luxury. But what about safety?

Limousine safety has come to the forefront after five women were killed in a limousine fire in California on Saturday.

Dynasty Limousine in Jacksonville has two fire extinguishers and an escape hatch in all of their vehicles. They've never been used but it's a safety precaution that made sense.

"There was no other access beside other than the partition for the driver and the two doors," said Shelly Fleming of Dynasty Limo.

And while the safety feature is not a requirement, there are a number of things you can do to stay safe while in your standard limo.

First: Make sure the driver doesn't have anything behind their seat and on top of the vehicle's electrical wires--it's a fire hazard.

Second: Know the weight limit and never over load a car.

Dynasty Limo said they would put 10-12 people inside of a Lincoln Towncar, but say it can carry a maximum of 16, a number they never use.

"The more people you pack into a limo, anything can happen," Fleming said.

Third: Keep the partition down to keep in constant contact with the driver. The more eyes and ears on the road the better.

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