October 9th is Fire Prevention Day and one of the main concerns in RV traveling is fire. Fire is one situation a recreational vehicle owner does not want to deal with. To help prevent fires in your RV, here are a few tips to consider and implement to ensure a safe trip.
Maintenance Checks and Fire Inspections
- Maintain a monthly fire inspection: check all hoses and belts for splits or cracks, ensure clamps
holding hoses are secure, and check for any signs of fluid leakage.
- Have the radiator inspected by a professional.
- Check fuel lines frequently for any signs of leakage. Have faulty lines replaced and the fuel system inspected by a qualified mechanic.
- Check tires between stops to ensure they’re in good shape. Tires can ignite due to friction from a dragging brake.
- Check and clean the hood in the galley to prevent a grease fire.
Have a Plan
- Have at least two easily accessible exit routes from the RV.
- Make sure everyone on board knows where the designated exits are located.
- Practice the “stop, drop, and roll” process should clothing catch fire.
- Keep a minimum of three fire extinguishers. Place one in the galley, another in the bedroom, and the third in the tow vehicle or in an outside, unlocked compartment.
- Be sure everyone knows how to use the extinguisher.
- Learn how to check the fire extinguisher gauge to ensure it has enough pressure in case it’s needed.
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