RV Fire Extinguisher Use And Maintenance

One of the main concerns in RV traveling is fire – it’s something no recreational vehicle owner wants to deal with. If the worst comes to pass, however, you’ll want to know how to use a fire extinguisher and how to keep one properly maintained when not in use.

All RVs should come equipped with a Class A fire extinguisher, which is perfectly adequate for most any fire that can ignite inside of an RV. Know where yours is located and know how to use it.

Consider getting some hands on training from a local fire department. Most fire departments will happily demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher and will allow you to get some actual training with one. If you’re not interested in a training session, you can always follow the instructions on the fire extinguisher itself. It’s helpful to remember the acronym PASS: pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep.

  1. Pull the pin and hold the unit upright.
  2. Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves.
  3. Squeeze the lever evenly and slowly to release the extinguishing fluids.
  4. Sweep the base of the fire from side to side until extinguished.

Keep in mind that the extinguishers that come on your RV are only meant for smaller fires. If you’re RV is up in flames, it’s best to remove yourself and everyone else in the RV/area to a safe distance and call the fire department.

Maintaining your fire extinguisher is rather simple. The biggest challenge is simply forgetting to do it. Fire extinguishers are loaded with extinguishing agent, which can cake up or solidify if the fire extinguisher is left unagitated for extended periods of time. The one thing you don’t want in a fire emergency is to find that your extinguisher can’t dispel its agent. To keep the agent from caking, simply schedule a time every two months to pick your extinguisher up and give it a good shake. Turn it upside down when you shake it and try smacking the bottom with your hand to dislodge any solidified agent.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to tour a new or used motorhome. If you’ve got questions about your new RV’s fire extinguisher, Leisure Time RV will be glad to answer and even give you a quick demo on how they work.

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