When you are on the road with your family, in your RV, safety should always be a big priority. Are you prepared in the event that a fire breaks out, what about if someone gets hurt? Accidents happen all the time, but if you are not prepared and don't have the things necessary to take care of the issue, the outcome can be horrific. We have a few products that we hope you will never have to use, but if you do they may mean the difference between a good or bad outcome.
The first way to be prepared for a fire is to have
that will alert you, when it detects smoke. Many fires happen in the middle of the night, while you are sleeping, by having working smoke detectors it cuts the chances of death by fire in half. The sensitivity level of the alarm should be pretty high, as the sooner it detects the smoke, the faster you can either get out or possibly even put the fire out. Installing smoke detectors in your RV, you should at least have one in the kitchen, as this is one area where a lot of fires start. You may choose to put more, for instance in the bedroom, if you have a larger RV. Carbon monoxide or gas detectors
are another great first response alarm to have. CO is known as the silent killer because this gas is odorless, tasteless and is not visible to the human eye. Meanwhile if CO is present and undetected, you are unknowingly slowly being poisoned, if the gas leak is fast and strong and an open flame is produced in that area, it could produce a fire or an explosion. Where do you want to place your carbon monoxide detector? Due to the fact that CO has approximately the same density as air, the best place to put it would be close to the ceiling or even the ground. If the alarm goes off the best thing to do is to open windows creating ventilation, evacuate and then contact emergency services to come check it out.
are very important to have, they are the easiest way to put out a fire. They are mostly used when the fire first starts, if the flames are too big or the smoke is too thick, don't put yourself at risk, the best thing to do is evacuate, call the fire department and allow them to put out the fire. There are many different classes of fires and they will determine what kind of fire extinguisher you will need to use. Class A fires are wood, paper, trash and any other solids, they can be put out by water, foam or ABC dry chemical extinguisher. Class B is any flammable liquids or gases and you can use any type of extinguisher except water. Class C is electrical fires and the best for them is a dry chemical. Class D is combustible metals and class D dry chemical extinguishers are what is needed to put these out. Last is Class K which are cooking oils and fats, the best for this is a dry chemical extinguisher. Every fire extinguisher has a UL rating that tells you valuable information about it. For example: 4-A:80-B:C, the ABC tells you the types of classes it will fight, the 4 before the A times 1.25, gives you the extinguisher's water equivalency, and the 80 tells you the approximate square footage it can cover. If you don't know how to use a fire extinguisher, just remember the PASS method. P- pull the pin, A- aim at the base of the fire, S- Squeeze the trigger, and S- sweep from left to right until the fire is out or you know you can't get it out. Always remember when using a fire extinguisher make sure it is the proper one for the class fire, also make sure you keep it in a convenient place, most come with a wall bracket and strap. Just a suggestion, it is not mandatory, but it would be a good idea to get your extinguisher professionally serviced at least once a year, as fire extinguishers over time can develop issues and not work when you go to use it.
First aid kits
can be a life saver at times, they contain many of the emergency supplies you will need for any situation. The first aid kit we carry is perfect for the RV life especially if you have kids. The kit contains 237 supplies for the usual cuts, bruises and many of them can be used for larger wound care. The supplies this kit includes are (10) Cotton Kit Applicators, (1) Emergency thermal blanket, (1) Emergency Whistle 2", (4) Examination Gloves, (4) Finger Splints, (1) first aid Instruction Guide, (1) Instant Chemical Cold Pack, (1) Scissors, (1) Sterile Water Packet (4.227 fl. oz.), (1) Tweezers, (4) Splinter Removers, (1) - 24 Hour Brightstick, (24) Alcohol Prep Pads, (6) Antibacterial Ointments, (24) Antiseptic Towelettes, (2) Blistex Lip Ointment, (2) Burn Cream, (9) Sting Relief Pads, (1) Poison Ivy Cleaner, (2) insect repellent Packets, (2) sunscreen Lotion Packets, (5) Hydrocortisone Packets, (40) Adhesive Bandage 3/8" x 1 1/2", (40) Adhesive Bandage 3/4 x 3", (1) Adhesive Tape 1/2" x 5 yards, (12) Butterfly Closures, (2) Gauze Rolls 2" x 4.1 yards, (3) Knuckle Bandage, (1) Round Gauze Eye Pad 2", (6) Sterile Sponge Dressing 2" x 2" (pkts of 2), (6) Sterile Sponge Dressing 4" x 4" (pkts of 2), (1) Sterile Trauma Pad 5" x 9", (6) Antacid Tablets, (6) Non-Aspirin Tablets and (6) Aspirin Tablets.
By Heather L
RV Fire Safety
Examples of RV fire safety accessories include: