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Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety

Recreational vehicle (RV) owners need to be aware of the fire and carbon monoxide (CO) hazards present in these movable structures.

Did you know:

From 2018 to 2020, there was an estimated average of 4,200 RV fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year. These fires resulted in an estimated 15 deaths, 125 injuries and $60,300,000 in property loss.

Source: Data Snapshot: Recreational Vehicle Fires (2018‑2020)

Share these messages with your community about steps they can take to lower their risk of fire and CO poisoning related to RVs.

Messages to share

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Check propane supply lines for kinks or damage. Test all fitting connections with a gas leak detection device.
Make sure generator exhaust is pointed away and downwind of the RV.
Stay in the cooking area when preparing food. If you leave, turn off the burner.
Have a portable fire extinguisher on board that you can easily reach. Adults should take a brief training course on how to properly use an extinguisher. Remember the acronym P.A.S.S. — Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.
Keep doors and windows clear for escape and make sure they open easily. Practice a fire escape plan with everyone staying in the RV.
Don't overload the electrical outlets. Using too many electrical appliances at the same time can cause a fire.
Have a trained technician thoroughly inspect your RV at least once a year.