What Are Your Best Fire Protection Options For An RV?

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If you've longed to explore more of the country than you experienced during your formative years, you may have recently purchased an RV with plans to travel. The RV lifestyle can be a carefree one, allowing you to downsize your lifestyle and material needs to only what will fit within your RV's limited storage area. However, living (and cooking) in a fairly small space can pose some fire risks, and some RVs may be ill-equipped to handle some of these risks without some additional modifications. Read on to learn more about your RV-friendly fire prevention options, as well as some tips you can use to minimize the odds you'll ever need so much as a handheld fire extinguisher. 

What are your RV fire suppression options?

For most RVs, your options are essentially limited to either a handheld fire extinguisher or a gravity-fed sprinkler system. Both of these can be highly effective against fire, and in this situation, an RV's size can work in your favor, allowing you to instantly grab your fire extinguisher (or turn on sprinklers) from near or within arm's reach.

A handheld fire extinguisher utilizes a chemical foam to instantly cut off the flow of oxygen to a fire, extinguishing it on contact. These fire extinguishers come in a variety of sizes, but a small to medium one will serve most RV purposes. After you've purchased a fire extinguisher, you'll need to have it inspected or re-charged periodically to ensure it's still safe for use in an emergency. 

A gravity-fed sprinkler system uses a water tank on top of your RV to feed sprinklers installed throughout the roof, providing a more broad-spectrum fire suppression system for situations where a fire may have spread beyond your kitchen or bedroom area. Because water is generally harmful for the inside of an RV, these sprinklers should be deployed only when necessary, but they can truly be a lifesaver in situations where fire is blocking one or more of the RV's exits.

What else can you do to reduce your risk of fire while living in an RV? 

Ideally, you'll never need to use either of your fire suppression options, and taking some precautionary steps can minimize your risk of fire damage. 

First, you'll want to avoid using kerosene space heaters inside your RV. Not only are they a fire risk, but they can also present a carbon monoxide danger if they malfunction or if your RV doesn't have adequate ventilation.

You'll also want to use spatter guards or pan lids whenever you're frying food with oil. Grease spatters within an RV's confined kitchen can land on nearby paper or cloth, posing a fire risk (not to mention the risk of burning yourself with hot oil). Making these small changes can go a long way toward reducing your fire risk.

To learn more about fire protection, check out websites like http://thesafetyteaminc.com.

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