RV Fire Safety Tips

Traveling and camping in a recreational vehicle (RV) is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, create unique memories with the family and explore the US during the summer season. However, traveling in an RV requires planning to ensure everything is covered, from transportation to food, cooking, hygiene, and safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire is the leading cause of RV loss in the US, with almost 2,000 vehicles catching fire every year. Common fire hazards in RV’s include electrical, mechanical, and cooking. Learn how to help keep your family safe by following our RV fire safety tips.

How to Prevent RV Fires

You can help reduce your risk of an RV or motorhome fire this summer by being prepared and practicing fire safety. Educate your whole family to ensure everyone is following our RV fire safety tips and knows what to do in an emergency.

  • Don’t overload circuits
  • Keep electrical cords out of the way
  • Perform regular, routine RV inspections and maintenance
  • Never leave food unattended when cooking on the stove or grill
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms suited for RV’s
  • Have fire extinguishers easily accessible throughout the RV

Have the Right Fire Safety Protection in Your RV

Help ensure your family and RV are protected by installing the right fire safety protection including fire extinguishing devices and smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Fire Extinguishers

First Alert’s RV fire extinguisher is a portable fire extinguisher designed to fit RV and travel needs. It is ideal for use against flammable liquid and electrical fires. Plus, the extinguisher comes with a secure mounting bracket to easily install it in an accessible location in your motorhome. Make sure everyone on the RV knows how to use a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency and check them regularly to ensure they are in working order.

First Alert’s EZ Fire Spray is a fire extinguishing spray in a familiar aerosol can design. It is small and compact making it easy to store in a nearby cabinet. It also distinguishes four times longer than traditional extinguishers and can be easily cleaned up after use.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Your first line of defense against a fire or CO emergency in an RV or camper is by having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. First Alert offers an RV-approved battery-powered smoke alarm. Maintain alarms by testing them regularly and replacing the batteries every 6 months. Remember, an important part of RV fire safety is to replace your alarms at least every 10 years.