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Take fire & burn safety with you on vacation this summer

As the song says, “summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets.” It’s also the time many people plan and take vacations, with options ranging from hotel/motel stays, to peer to peer rentals, to motorhome style accommodations. Whatever form your vacation takes, make sure to “pack” fire & burn safety along with that sunscreen. 

A recent NFPA Journal article and podcast highlights a Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) report on the fire hazards associated with RV’s.  According to the FPRF report, “Most fatal [RV] fires occur in older models of RVs, as they have fewer and less advanced fire safety measures,” the report reads. “They also have older engines and equipment that are more likely to fail, which is a common cause of fires." In addition, assuring working smoke alarms in these vehicles can positively impact the outcome of RV fires, with the majority of the 24 average annual RV fire deaths occurring in RVs lacking smoke alarms. On average, 20 deaths a year occurred between 2008 and 2017 in RV fires when no smoke alarm was present, while only one death occurred in fires in RVs with working smoke alarms. 

From assuring smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are present, to making sure everyone knows how to escape in case of emergency, NFPA tip sheets on hotels and motels, peer to peer rentals, and motor home, camper and RV travel provide critical tips to incorporate into anyone’s vacation planning.  Promote fire & burn safety this summer to make your community members have only fun memories of their vacations.  

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Andrea Vastis
Senior Director, Public Education, public health promotion & education professional passionate about eliminating disparities in access, education and resources.

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