Fire in an RV is a terrifying thought. At very rare occasions, it can cause injury, financial loss, and even death. Having a smoke detector in your RV is a great help, but there are more tips to remember about RV fire safety. The following tips can help you recognize the most common fire hazards and protect you from damage and injury.
1. CHANGE DETECTOR BATTERIES
Make sure all your detectors like smoke, propane and carbon monoxide have fresh batteries in them at all times. A good rule of thumb is to change all the batteries every 6 months on the time change day when we change our clocks.
2. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Keep several fire extinguishers on board the RV and inside the truck. One is in the entrance/kitchen area, another in the bedroom, a third inside an outside storage compartment and a fourth in the truck’s cab. This way an extinguisher is always handy and have several backups if needed.
3. PLAN EXIT ROUTE
In the event of a fire do you have a plan to escape the RV? What do you do? It’s important to think about it and have a plan in place. Always leave a small step ladder underneath the window. Open the window, throw the bedding across the sharp edge of the window sill and lower ourselves down to the waiting ladder.
4. MAINTAIN APPLIANCES
It’s especially important to keep the RVs appliances cleaned and maintained. The number one on that list is the refrigerator. It is one of the more common causes of RV fires. Also visually inspect the wiring and circuitry for any signs of overheating or loose connections. If your suspicious call in an RV technician to take a look at it.
5. CAREFUL COOKING IN RV
Our RV kitchens are generally cramped with tiny amounts of counter space. Therefore we must be extra careful when preparing our meals. Keep the stove area clear and never leave a burner on when not present in the RV.
The first rule of RV firefighting is to save lives first and property second. Get yourself and your family to safety before attempting to extinguish a fire. Get help. Adults and older children should know how to dial 911 or 0, and how to get emergency help.
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