With COVID-19 triggering the trend of RVs, South Australia‘s fire authorities are urging holidaymakers to ensure their RV’s security before the start of the long weekend, a report said.
In the last three years, Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and Country Fire Service (CFS) crews have been fighting the flames of 46 motorhomes that caused the deaths of three and caused nearly one million dollars in damages.
The CFS suggests that RV owners have a functioning smoke alarm. When cooking equipment is used, they advised keeping an extinguisher for dry fires and a fire blanket in the house.
The law in South Australia dictates that if an RV is occupied on-site for 60 days or longer, then a hard-wired or 10-year, long life, non-removable, non-replaceable battery-powered smoke alarm is now required.
The MFS recommendations for caravans and RVs are as follows:
- Ensure any integrated gas or electrical systems are installed and maintained by a qualified tradesperson
- Turn off the gas cylinder valve before traveling
- Cook with care; never leave cooking unattended
- Keep gas or electric heaters well clear of internal fittings, turn heaters off at the power point or gas cylinder before going to bed
- Dispose of cigarettes carefully, use deep sturdy ashtrays and never smoke in bed
- Switch off all electrical appliances at the power point and unplug when not in use
- Test your smoke alarm regularly to ensure it is working correctly.