8 Must-Know RV Fire Safety Tips
Maintain detectors. Regularly check your smoke, propane, and carbon monoxide detectors and switch out the batteries on a regular basis. Batteries should be replaced every six months, so make it a routine by switching them out every spring and fall during daylight savings time.
Get certified. Have a licensed LP technician inspect and test the propane system for any leaks, and make sure your RV is certified. It’s smart to have it recertified every couple of years. Remember to stay vigilant regarding propane, and if you ever smell propane, leave the RV immediately and contact the fire department.
Turn off your LP gas system. While it may be tempting to leave your gas system running in order to keep your RV fridge cool while in transit, it’s smart to turn it off before you set off. That way, you won’t have to worry about turning if off when you refuel, drive through a tunnel, or take a ferry — and it’s safer all around.
Don’t overload circuits. Don’t plug too many things into one outlet, especially things like heaters, fridges, etc. Try to spread the loads out throughout the RV as much as possible.
Maintain appliances. Keep your RV’s appliances clean and maintained at all times. Open the panels to your appliances frequently throughout the year to make sure there are no debris, critters, or loose wires. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, it’s best to call an electrician.
Cook with care. When cooking on the stove, be sure the area around it is clear. Same goes with grills and campfires — be sure the area is clear and that they are located far enough away from your RV that they can’t cause any damage. And remember, never leave any flame — whether inside or out — unattended!
Air the battery. Many RVs use lead acid type batteries, which need to be properly ventilated, as they can emit dangerous gasses. To prevent this, make sure the battery storage area is open to the outside — whether by vent or by hose. As always, it’s important to make sure the battery is well-maintained and properly charged at all times as well.
Plan smart. Lastly, it’s important to keep a fire extinguisher (or preferably, multiple extinguishers) in the RV and truck just in case you encounter any small fires that you can put out quickly. Also, in the event of a fire inside the RV, develop an escape plan and communicate it with the rest of your family.
Now that you’ve got the smarts, you’re all set to pack your bags and hit the road. Happy travels!