RV Fire Safety Tips
An RV is your home away from home. It is important to follow any recommended safety tips when it comes to living in and caring for your RV. That is why we at Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles, CA have gathered some RV fire safety tips for you to remember while on the road or staying at our RV Park.
Maintain your Smoke Detector Batteries
Just as you would at home, you need to make sure your smoke detector in your RV is working properly and has its batteries replaced as recommended. A good rule to follow is to have the batteries changed at least every six months.
Certify the Propane System
Before leaving on your next adventure it is always a good idea to have a certified LP technician have your propane system checked. It’s a good idea to have it re-certified every few years. In many jurisdictions, there are mandatory inspection periods. They will inspect and test the propane system and check for any leaks. If you ever smell propane vacate the RV immediately, call the fire department and if possible turn off the external propane tanks.
Don’t Overload the Electrical Circuits
You need to keep in mind that the electrical circuits in your RV aren’t like the ones in your home. You always need to be aware of how much strain you are putting on one particular outlet. Try to spread the loads out between different outlets. Pick up a wattage meter and test how much current/power you may be drawing. If you are consistently maxing out an individual outlet, consider installing a heavy duty electrical box for it.
Maintain your Appliances
Fires can easily start if your appliances aren’t maintained. Number one item on that list is the refrigerator, one of the most common causes of RV fires. You even need to go as far as opening the access panels of the RV appliances a couple of times a year and make sure there is no dirt or debris buildup taking place. Also visually inspect the wiring and circuitry for any signs of overheating or loose connections. If you spot anything suspicious call in an RV technician to take a look at it.