Safety in your Home away from Home: Home is wherever you park….

With the pandemic, road trips have come to screeching halt. In these trying times, people are getting creative with how to use their vacation home with wheels. Healthcare workers are looking for alternative places to stay during the COVID-19 crisis so they don't expose their families to the virus. Strangers with RVs are lending their vehicles through an initiative on Facebook called RVs for MDs.

This a wonderful example of people stepping up to help others, unfortunately, tragedy can strike if we don't pay attention to fire safety during these historical times. Before loaning out your vehicle, make sure this home away from home will be safe.

These tips also apply to people using motor homes to quarantine.

  • Install smoke alarms. Make sure they work.
  • Occupants should stay in the kitchen while you cook. Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time. Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet.
  • Refrigerators, furnaces, ovens and stovetops use propane. Check them for leaks. Keep an updated gas leak detector on board.
  • Have propane system inspected to make sure it still works properly.
  • Know two ways out. Make sure windows open easily
  • Do not keep camping heaters and lanterns on while sleeping.
  • Have your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic.
  • Keep a portable fire extinguisher on board. Only adults who know how to operate it should use it. Only use it if the fire is small and can be contained.

Until we are all hitting the road again, use our safety tip sheet to help protect “campers” during the pandemic.

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Kelly Ransdell
Regional Director, South Central Region