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  • Published on Apr 05, 2015

    RV Fire Safety

    Fire’s can be scary, especially when they happen unexpectedly.  That’s why it’s important to be aware and prepared to prevent fires from happening.  Here are some RV Fire Safety tips to help keep you safe in the event a fire takes over your RV.

    Preparation

    Preparing for a fire is the first step.  Make sure your RV is stocked with working smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and a fire kit.  Smoke detectors need to be checked frequently to make sure the batteries are still good.  Fire extinguishers also need to be checked to make sure they are up to date.  Fire kits usually contain a fire blanket and a dry solution like baking soda that can put out small grease fires that may start while cooking.

    Check your RV thoroughly

    It’s important to check your RV over for any leaks or repairs that may need to be made before hitting the road this year.  While RV’s are stored away for the winter, animals, freezing temperatures, and other factors can cause damage to your RV and its parts.  Make sure you check all hoses around your engine for any leaks or holes.  Radiator hoses can leak fluid onto the hot engine which can ignite and light your engine on fire. 

    Make sure you check all fuel lines for any holes or leaks as well.  If not connected properly, fuel lines can leak fuel onto hot moving parts and cause them to ignite.  Or fuel can leak onto the ground while parked and if in close contact to a campfire can lead to a very deadly situation.

    Check your brakes to make sure all brake pads and parts are in good condition.  Brakes that lag can cause enough friction to ignite a tire or even brake lines filled with fluid. 

    Inside your RV can be a hazard for fires as well, especially if you have a gas stove in your RV.  Never leave your stove unattended while cooking and make sure everything is turned off before you leave your RV.  Also check the gas lines for any leaks before using. 

    Plan of Action

    Having an escape route in the event of a fire is the best way to keep you and your family alive.  Make sure you devise a plan that exits through the back and the front of the RV in case the fire is located at one end or the other.  Have a meeting place set up once you get to your campsite that is far enough from your RV that you will be out of harm’s way.

    Ensure that everyone traveling in your RV knows where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.  Small fires can be diminished if you can get to it early.

    Also practice unhooking your tow vehicle in the case of a fire on the road.  This will prevent the fire from spreading and damaging your other means of transportation.

    Last but not least, always have a working cell phone so you can call for help.

    Lewis RV Center

    If you are worried about checking your RV for fire hazards yourself, let Lewis RV Center’s certified service technicians do the work for you. We have the best service department around that will check your RV top to bottom to ensure its safe to drive for you and your family this year.

    Call us today for an appointment!  800-217-4865.

     

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