Many of our residents here in Port Ludlow love to get out and about in their recreational vehicles. Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue wants everyone to protect themselves from fire when using their recreational vehicles this summer.

To reduce the chance of fire, here are some safety tips for travel trailer and motor home owners:

Before leaving home

  • Make sure the vehicle has working smoke alarms. Test them before you leave and least once a week during your trip.

  • Plan and practice an escape route. Make sure exits are not blocked.

  • Install an ABC rated fire extinguisher near each exit, and know how to use it.

Before operating the vehicle’s stove or oven

  • Cooking appliances need fresh air flow for safe operation. Open overhead vents, windows or turn on exhaust fans to reduce the danger of asphyxiation.

  • Keep combustible items like curtains or paper products well away from the stove.

  • Cooking appliances should never be used for comfort heating.

If you smell gas

  • Extinguish all open flames including pilot lights.

  • Do not operate electrical switches. Turning a switch on or off may cause an explosion.

  • Shut off gas supply.

  • Open doors, windows and vents and leave the vehicle.

  • Have the gas system and repaired before using again.

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding this safety tip. You can also go to our website at and click on the link to public safety information for more fire and life safety tips.

The snow has melted, the rain and wind is beginning to subside, the plants are budding and the trees are blooming. Spring is arriving and your thoughts may be turning to that dreaded ritual of spring cleaning. With it comes a timely reminder to keep your home safe from the threat of fire. In an effort to make this "Spring Cleanup" a fire safe one, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue provides the following safety tips:

  • Clean your garage of stored newspapers or other rubbish that can fuel a fire.

  • Test your smoke alarms monthly.

  • To help prevent nuisance alarms, gently vacuum your smoke alarm every six months or as needed.

  • Change batteries in smoke alarms, flashlights and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Never borrow smoke alarm batteries to use for toys or other equipment.

  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.

  • Keep outdoor debris or dead vegetation away from the house.

  • Properly dispose of oily or greasy rags. If these items must be stored, they should be kept in labeled, sealed, metal containers.

  • If you store gasoline, keep it outside your home in a shed or detached garage. Keep only small quantities in tightly sealed containers. Use gasoline only as a motor fuel - never as a cleaning agent.

  • Use outdoor barbecue grills with caution. Place in a safe area away from building, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning units or places with high/dead vegetation.

  • Never use gasoline to start the fire, and don't add charcoal lighter fluid once the fire has started.

  • Use barbecue grills outside only - not under overhangs or balconies, and away from combustibles.

  • Check your propane barbecue grill hose for leaks and cracks; never store propane indoors. If you have any questions or would like clarification on any fire safety tips please call Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue at 437-2236.

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. Because gas and charcoal grills cause an average of 1,500 structure fires and 4,800 outdoor fires in or on home properties, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) offers these sensible outdoor grilling tips to help you keep your cookout safe and fun.

Getting Ready

  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.

  • Declare the entire grill area a "kid-free zone" until the grill has completely cooled off.

  • Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when flipping burgers.

  • If you have a charcoal grill, purchase the proper starter fluid and store the can out of reach of children, and away from heat sources.

  • If you have a propane grill, check the propane cylinder hose for leaks before using it. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will quickly reveal escaping propane by releasing bubbles. Have leaking fuel lines repaired before using.

  • All propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 must have overfill protection devices (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached, limiting the potential for release of propane gas if the cylinder heats up. OPDs are easily identified by their triangular-shaped hand wheel.

  • If you are using fluid to start a charcoal grill, use only fluid intended for this purpose. It is extremely dangerous to substitute any other combustible liquid to start the coals. This is especially true for gasoline, which can be ignited explosively by even a tiny spark.

  • Apply starter fluid directly to the coals, then reseal and put away the can. Light the coals carefully, avoiding the flame flare-up. Store the can out of reach of children and away from heat sources.

  • When you've finished cooking, keep an eye on the grill until it has completely cooled. Charcoal can be soaked with water to speed the cooling process, but use extreme caution to avoid the steam and splatters, which can cause burns.

A final word about cookouts: Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.


Fire Station No. 31

7650 Oak Bay Road

Port Ludlow, WA 98365


Monday through Friday, 
8:00 am – 4:30 pm


Brad Martin


(360) 437-2236


(360) 437-9184


(866) 367-2291

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