Starling Travel

May 31, 2006

Boise, Idaho: Trailer Fire

Filed under: Idaho,Places To Visit,Travel,Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

On our drive to Mt. Hood, Oregon, we stopped in Boise to gas up the car. On the way back to the freeway, we noticed the huge plume of smoke coming from the RV park, so we went to investigate. We were horrified to see that a trailer was on fire in the RV park. The fire department was already on the scene, so we stayed a safe distance away and took some video footage.

Click here to see the video

In an instant, your vacation can go from happy to horrific. Here are some safety tips from to keep this from happening to you.

Here is a summary of their list:

  • Check radiator and antifreeze hoses for leaks.

  • Check fuel lines and connections for leaks.

  • Regularly clean build up of grease, oil, and road dust on the engine.

  • Check tires for inflation and brakes for leaking brake fluid.

  • Damp charcoal (as well as rags soiled with car wax and other flammable liquids) can spontaneously combust.

  • A hot exhaust pipe or catalytic converter can ignite dry grass.

  • Shut the propane off at the tank while driving.

  • Check the flue for birds nests before starting your refrigerator on propane.

  • Keep flame, cigarettes, and sparks away from batteries and check them monthly.

  • Check all 12-volt connections before and after every trip.

  • Properly clean up any fuel leaks or spills immediately.

  • Never leave a stove unattended or use it to heat your coach.

  • Keep all towels, curtains and paper towels as far from the stove as possible.

  • Develop an two escape plans (one in the front and one from the rear of the coach) before a fire occurs.

  • Review with everyone the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” rule so they know what to do when clothing is on fire.

  • Make sure everyone knows how to open the front door.

  • Choose a meetup area outside of the trailer so everyone can be accounted for.

  • Show everyone how to unhook electricity and how to close propane valves.

  • Practice unhooking your tow vehicle as quickly as possible to avoid spreading the fire to other vehicles.

  • You should have three fire extinguishers for your coach—one in the galley, one in the bedroom, and one outside of the coach in an unlocked compartment or in your tow vehicle. Inspect them monthly.

  • Place a CO/Smoke Detector in the coach. Know what it sounds like and check it regularly.

  • Save lives first and property second. Get yourself and your family to safety before attempting to extinguish a fire. Only if you can do so without endangering yourself or others should you use firefighting aids on hand.

  • It’s crucial to know your location so firefighters can find you.

  • If you have a quick-disconnect fitting on your water hookup, these hoses can be unhooked instantly to fight a fire. If a nearby coach is burning and you cannot move your coach but can safely stay close enough to keep it hosed down, you may be able to save your own vehicle.

Don’t let a RV fire happen to you. Take these safety tips from seriously and make the necessary precautions.

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