Preventing an RV cabin fire

photo: Aaron Jack

photo: Aaron Jack

While most RV enthusiasts are careful and safe drivers, there is no way to predict serious accidents in-cabin or out. One of the most dangerous problems that RVers may ever have to deal with is the prospect of a cabin fire. Fortunately, drivers can help lessen the risk of fire by following a few safety tips and avoiding unnecessary risks.

First and foremost, every RVer should locate their rig’s smoke and carbon monoxide detector, which are typically located on the roof of the kitchen area. While it may be tempting to remove the battery from the device to avoid the annoyance of false alarms, the detector is an integral part of fire safety and should always be operational and have a working battery.

All RVs should carry a BC-rated fire extinguisher near their main exit. Extinguishers are rated for use in different situations, and the BC rating means that the device is geared towards flammable liquids and gasses – making it the ideal choice for an RV. Having an additional extinguisher in the bedroom is also recommended.

Be sure to avoid unnecessary risks that could lead to fire. Be sure that all propane tanks are sealed and secured (investing in a propane detector is not a bad idea either), clean the kitchen after preparing meals to avoid a buildup of flammable oils and drive safely to ensure as little jostling as possible.