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Officials Stress Vehicle Fire Safety
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on August 26, 2013 @ 6:51PM
Created on August 26, 2013 @ 5:44PM

More than 40 passengers escaped safely Sunday after a charter bus caught fire as it was returning to Detroit from the Nation's Capital for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

This incident has once again raised questions about vehicle safety on our roadways.

When you really stop to think about it, sometimes you spend more time driving in your car than you do at home or in the office.

But in both of those places we all have prepared evacuation plans to get out safely if a fire were to ever occur. So, would you know what to do if you had a vehicle fire?

Fire departments across the U.S. have reported responding to about 290,000 vehicle fires a year. An unfortunate risk that comes with driving a car. But fire officials in our area want to make sure you know exactly what to do in case a vehicle you're in goes up in flames.

"The most important thing, especially if it is on the interstate is, be sure you pull off the medium and try to angle your vehicle to protect
yourself. We want you to be down traffic flow, and from the vehicle about 100 feet away. In other words, we want you to the put the vehicle that is on fire between you and the traffic." said Captain Ed Simmons, with the Fairmont Fire Department.

We also have some other tips for you to ensure your safety in case your car were to ever catch fire.

Stop immediately, just the sign of smoke doesn't really indicate how bad the situation might already be. Turn off the engine. Once the car is no longer running, get away quickly and safely.

From there make sure you call the closest fire department, and by no means fire officials don't want you to fight the fire on your own. Vehicle fires whether it's chemical, or electrical will spread quickly without warning.

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