Smoke alarms are a key part of an RV and home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast.
It’s unlikely you will ever experience a fire in your RV. But it’s important to understand the factors that could potentially lead to one, much like those you take at home.
The best way to combat fires in an RV is through awareness. And the simplest way to cut your risks is to install a smoke detector. But not just any detector, According to RV fire expert Mac McCoy, “RVers need a dual-sensor detector, which means it uses ionization and photoelectric technologies. Ionization is just particles of combustion, which is what we get out of a toaster or a frying pan. The other part is photoelectric; if there is an electrical short, the ionization sensor won’t pick it up.”
Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. If you can’t extinguish an RV fire within a minute (at the latest) get out immediately. RVs burn fast.
•Install smoke alarms in every separate sleeping area. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
•Large RVs may need more than one smoke alarm.
•Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
•Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false
•A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
•People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
•Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
•Smoke alarms are an important part of a RV fire escape plan. They may not always allow you to save your RV, but they’ll go a long way to helping you save your life and of those you love.