Fire Safety – RVs
For many RVing is a favorite activity. However, due to the way RVs are constructed, they can burn very quickly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that 20,000 RV fires occur annually. Don’t let yours be one of them!
Here are some common sense tips for keeping you and your loved ones safe.
- Have an exit strategy in place.
- Install smoke, carbon monoxide and propane detector(s) in your RV and change all batteries when you change the batteries in your home. Test your detector regularly.
- Have your propane system checked and certified. If you smell propane be sure to vacate the RV immediately.
- Do not drive with the LP Gas on. The items in the refrigerator should remain cool until it is safe to turn it back on.
- Do not overload electrical outlets. Use a surge protector and feel the covers to very they are not hot.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and be very careful when using the stove. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, one in the bedroom, and one outside in an unlocked compartment or in your tow vehicle. Make sure every traveler knows where they are located and how to use them.
- Maintain the axle bearings and tires. Keep the engine and transmission clean.
- Keep any cooking and campfires far from the RV.
- Pay attention to where you park your RV – remember the undercarriage and exhaust pipe may be very hot.
- Avoid smoking in your RV – live ashes can fall and ignite.
- Please visit National Park Service to learn more including:
- Tips can help you recognize the most common fire hazards
- RV maintenance
- Safety while driving
- Fire safety while camping
- What to do if there is a fire