4 Reasons You Should Have A Fire Extinguisher In Your RV & Other Fire Safety Tips

4 Reasons You Should Have A Fire Extinguisher In Your RV & Other Fire Safety Tips

Happy National Parks Week, fellow enthusiasts! If you’ve worked with us here at Ernie’s Inc., I know you don’t need any convincing to go out and enjoy nature. We’ve already heard from countless clients and friends who took advantage of free park admissions last weekend, and many more who are planning their road trips for Memorial Day weekend and beyond. That’s why we thought now might be the perfect time to talk about some essential safety tips.


Fire safety is crucial during warmer months to protect you, your RV, and the beautiful parks and destinations we all get to enjoy. We’d highly recommend every RV be safety inspected before any trip, that all RV owners have a fire extinguisher at the ready, and that you’re conscious of fire safety protocols.


This is all easier said than done, right? Well, we’ve been enjoying the outdoors with our RV for years, and we’ve got some great tips we’d like to share. Some are our own discoveries, some come from lifelong friends and clients, but all are essential to keeping you safe this summer. Let’s get started!

Why a Fire Extinguisher is Essential

In the event of a fire, having a readily accessible fire extinguisher can mean the difference between a minor incident and a catastrophic loss. Most RVs come equipped with a fire extinguisher, but it's essential to ensure it's in good working condition and properly maintained. Why? Well, just for starters:


  1. RVs contain multiple fire hazards, including cooking appliances, electrical systems, and combustible materials, making the risk of fire significant.
  2. Most RVs have limited means of escape, with only one door for exit and possibly small or inaccessible safety windows. A fire extinguisher provides a crucial means of defense until help arrives. 
  3. National Park regulations often require RVs to have a functioning fire extinguisher on board for safety compliance, ensuring that travelers are prepared for emergencies while exploring the great outdoors.
  4. The number one rule of camping is to always be prepared--you never know when a fire extinguisher may come in handy! Why not have one?!

We hope that you never need your fire extinguisher. However, be prepared, and make sure your fire extinguisher is prepared as well. 

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher

Not all fire extinguishers are created equal. When selecting a fire extinguisher for your RV, opt for one that is specifically designed for recreational vehicles and rated for use on multiple types of fires, such as those involving flammable liquids, electrical equipment, and ordinary combustibles. Ensure it is lightweight and easily maneuverable, as space in an RV is limited.

Proper Storage of Fire Extinguisher

While having a fire extinguisher onboard is essential, equally important is ensuring it is stored in a location that is easily accessible in case of an emergency. Mount the extinguisher in a visible and reachable spot, away from potential fire hazards but within arm's reach of the driver's seat and main living areas. Regularly inspect the extinguisher for signs of damage or leakage and replace it if necessary.

Other Fire Safety Tips for RV Owners

The best way to use your fire extinguisher is never at all. We hope that you follow safety protocol when it comes to fires and never end up needing to use your fire extinguisher. Always listen to guidance from rangers and park personnel, especially pertaining to whether or not campfires are safe. In addition:


  • Create a fire exit safety plan with your family. Everyone should know the quickest way to exit the RV should there be a fire. You can display this on the wall or practice with your family before a trip. 
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in your RV and test them regularly to ensure they are functioning correctly.
  • Practice proper fire prevention measures, such as never leaving cooking appliances unattended and avoiding overloading electrical outlets.
  • Have an emergency evacuation plan in place and ensure all passengers know how to exit the RV safely in case of a fire.
  • Keep flammable materials, such as propane tanks and gasoline containers, stored outside of the RV in a well-ventilated area away from heat sources.

This is not an all inclusive list. Use your best judgment, and then add some more judgment! You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself, your family, your investment, and the parks we all love. 

Bringing Your RV to Ernie's Inc. for Inspection

At Ernie's Inc., we understand the importance of keeping your RV in top-notch condition to ensure your safety on the road. As part of our comprehensive RV repair services, we offer thorough inspections to identify any potential fire hazards or safety concerns. Our experienced technicians will inspect your RV's electrical system, propane appliances, and other critical components to ensure they are functioning correctly and up to industry standards. Don't wait until it's too late – schedule your RV inspection with Ernie's Inc. today and travel with peace of mind knowing your vehicle is safe and ready for adventure.

Ready To Head Out? Schedule an Appointment Today!

As RV enthusiasts and advocates for safety, we cannot overemphasize the importance of fire prevention and preparedness in recreational vehicles. By equipping your RV with a properly maintained fire extinguisher, practicing fire safety measures, and scheduling regular inspections, you can enjoy your adventures in our nation's parks with confidence, knowing you're well-prepared for any emergency that may arise. Stay safe, and happy travels!


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