Fire Safety Tips for RVers & Campers

The sun has finally arrived, school is almost out, and many families starting to enjoy the outdoors on camping trips.

RV fires are one of the largest causes of recreational vehicle loss. Photo courtesy Mac the Fire Guy

RV fires are one of the largest causes of recreational vehicle loss. Photo courtesy Mac the Fire Guy

The office of the State Fire Marshal reminds citizens as they begin enjoying summer activities such as RVing and camping that fire safety needs to remain a top priority.

“Campers are reminded that fire safety needs to be a priority when vacationing in a recreational vehicle…,” says State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy in a press release issued by the office of the Washington State Fire Marshal.

The following fire safety tips are designed to help keep campers safe.

Install and maintain fire safety equipment:

  • Install and maintain a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide detector which are listed for use in a RV
  • Test alarm/detector regularly and replace batteries at least once a year or as needed
  • Install and maintain a fire extinguisher near exits

Mechanical or electrical failures cause roughly three-quarters of the highway vehicle fires. Image source: iStock

Create and practice an evacuation plan:

  • Develop and practice an evacuation plan that identifies every exit
  • Ensure every occupant is familiar with the operation of all latches of doors and windows

Cooking appliances should not be used in place of heating equipment:

  • Only use cooking applications for heating food—avoid the use of cooking appliances for heating
  • When using cooking appliances, properly ventilate the space by opening a window, using overhead vents, and/or an exhaust fan

Maintain clearance from heat sources:

  • Keep combustibles such as cushions, bedding, clothing, and paper away from heat sources
  • Since space is limited in RVs, take extra time to ensure adequate clearance is maintained

“When creating camping memories, don’t forget to be fire safe,” adds State Fire Marshal Duffy.

Details

Office of the State Fire Marshal
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors, and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State’s firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.

Never re-enter a burning RV to retrieve anything—GET OUT & STAY OUT! Photo courtesy Mac the Fire Guy

Never re-enter a burning RV to retrieve anything—GET OUT & STAY OUT! Photo courtesy Mac the Fire Guy

Website: wsp.wa.gov/fire

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