RV Fire Safety and Prevention

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Each year, an estimated 6,000 fires occur in RVs, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Among the most common areas for fires to start are the kitchen, the engine area and the wheel area.

However, taking some simple precautions, such as keeping up with maintenance schedules and being mindful of hazards, can help keep you and your family safe—and help ensure that your RV stays in good condition.

Pro Tip:  Your RV should come with at least one smoke/carbon/propane detector and one extinguisher.  Pick up an extra extinguisher (or two) and smoke/fire detector to put at the opposite end of your RV from where the factory one is installed.  

Pro Tip #2:  Teach everyone traveling with you how to use your fire extinguishers. Kids included!  

Fire Extinguishers:  We keep two in the RV – one at the front door and one in the area farthest away from the door.  We also keep one in the bed of our travel vehicle.  Whether it’s something on fire in the RV or around our camp, we can easily access an extinguisher anytime.

First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Car Fire Extinguisher, Red, AUTO5

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  • Durable metal head designed to meet demanding needs.
  • Corrosion resistant metal gauge easy-to-read color coded gauge provides accurate measurement.
  • Metal pull pin with safety seal to help prevent accidental discharge and discourage tampering.
  • Secure extinguisher mount, bracket and strap are included for secure placement of extinguisher.
  • Easy instructions with a chemical resistant & water proof label with 4-step instructions wont deteriorate.

First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray, Pack of 2, AF400-2

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  • The First Alert EZ Fire Spray Portable Fire Extinguisher discharges 4 times longer than a traditional fire extinguisher, providing 32 seconds of firefighting time
  • Light aerosol can is easy to hold, carry, and use; ideal for kitchen, garage, boat, RV, dorm, and more
  • Extinguishes paper, fabric, wood, grease, and electrical fires
  • Formula is biodegradable and nontoxic and wipes clean
  • 3-year limited warranty; ETL rated

First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher, Red

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  • First Alert's HOME1 Fire Extinguisher is UL rated 1-A: 10-B:C; it features durable all-metal construction with a commercial-grade metal valve and trigger to meet demanding needs
  • Multipurpose fire extinguisher fights wood, paper, trash, plastics, gasoline, oil, and electrical-equipment fires
  • First Alert’s Rechargeable Fire Extinguisher can be recharged by a certified professional after use, allowing for reuse.
  • Metal pull pin with a safety seal to help prevent accidental discharge and tampering; corrosion-resistant, easy-to-read, color-coded metal gauge; waterproof label with easy instructions
  • U.S. Coast Guard–approved for marine use

First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Car Fire Extinguisher, 66505 HTH Super Concentrated Clarifier Red, AUTO5 ,1-Quart

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  • Restores crystal clear pool water
  • Does not effect ph balance
  • Super concentrated clarifier
  • Country of origin: United States

Smoke/Fire Detectors:  RV fires burn extremely quick and hot.  Having a redundant way to detect smoke or heat is worth it for just a few dollars.

First Alert Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm | Battery Operated, SCO5CN

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  • Keep your family safe with this battery operated smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; Battery powered alarms provide continuous monitoring of CO levels, even if there's a power failure
  • Features an electrochemical carbon monoxide sensing technology as well as a photoelectric sensor that detects the larger particles of a smoldering fire
  • Indicator lights on the face of the unit display the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide, while an 85 decibel siren provides a clear, loud warning upon detection
  • Battery operated unit installs quickly and easily without an electrician. Low battery signal mute, quiets low battery signal for up to 8 hours
  • Simple to use, with a single test/silence button; EZ access battery drawer allows you to change battery without removing alarm from ceiling

Kidde 21026043 Battery-Operated(Not Hardwired) Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Voice Warning KN-COSM-BA

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  • Fire & CO detector in 1 unit with alert modes, LED lights, & voice alarm, that states, "Fire Fire", "Warning Carbon Monoxide", or "Low Battery"
  • Lonization sensor technology - smoke detector detects invisible fire particles, 85 decibel alarm alerts of fire at 10 feet
  • Protects during a power failure - combo smoke and CO alarm operates on 2-AA batteries
  • Test-Hush Feature - silences the unit for approximately 8 minutes; tamper-resistant technology deters removal of the unit from the wall or ceiling
  • UL Certified, 10-year limited warranty



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