Every year, stories about RV fires make their way around our community and most of these fires are usually avoidable. There are a few basic tips to help keep your RV and family safe when you’re out on the open road. If you’re gearing up for a mid-summer trip, make sure to peruse our list of RV fire safety tips before you go.
First, make sure that you and your passengers know where all the fire extinguishers are located before you ever even crank up the engine. Make sure to stock your RV full of working fire extinguishers that can be used in the event of a fire.
Second, check underneath your RV for any signs of leakage. Fires are often caused by transmission fluid leaks – so, if you see any extra puddles of fluid, you should have your vehicle serviced immediately to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape.
Faulty electrical systems can also lead to RV fires. Before you take off for any extended period of time, make sure to check all your wiring connections. If you notice that a connection is loose or frayed, then have it serviced by an RV technician today.
If you plan on cooking in your RV, make sure to always check that your stove is set on the factory-set “Off” position after use. Also, there should be proper ventilation in your RV cooking space. Unlike a typical home, your RV won’t have a large enough oxygen supply to handle the smoke from searing foods.
Last, but certainly not least, check all the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This is the most basic thing you can do to ensure your family’s safety while on the road.