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RV Fires Can be Dangerous and Costly

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.

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