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SOUTH Australia's firefighters have
pleaded with travellers to be "fire safe" when in their caravans and other
The Metropolitan and Country fire services report that during the past
four calendar years, there have been 62 fires involving RVs, with another
six already this year across the state.
Three people have tragically died in South Australian RV fires since 2015.
Recreational vehicles include caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes and
all other forms of mobile accommodation.
Metropolitan Fire Service community education officer Vinny Schar said the
fires had been caused by an array of reasons, such as unattended cooking
and electrical appliances.
"People need to remember that caravans and other RVs still need to be
treated like a home, and this includes ensuring that there is a working
smoke alarm installed," he said.
"In South Australia if an occupied RV is onsite for 60 days or longer a
hard-wired or 10-year, long life, non-removable and non-replaceable
battery-powered smoke alarm is required by law."
importance of having an escape
plan for the family'
Mr Schar stressed the importance of having an escape plan for the family
in case of a fire.
RVs should also be equipped with a fire blanket and portable fire
"A fire blanket and fire extinguisher is your first line of defence should
a small fire occur," he explaned.
"They should be located near an exit where they are easily accessible and
where escape is also an option.
"Remember though, your life is far more important than your RV so ensuring
you exit safely is the number one priority.
"Once you have exited the RV contact the Fire Service on 000."
Country Fire Service State Duty Commander Nik Stanley explained that it
was also important to observe the surroundings when parking an RV.
"If you're in an area which allows camp fires, ensure it is set up in a
location clear of vegetation and at least three metres away from the RV,"
"Make sure the camp fire is completely extinguished with water before you
leave the camp site."
Tips for fire safety in RVs:
* Ensure any integrated gas or electrical
systems are installed and maintained by a qualified tradesperson.
* Turn off the gas cylinder valve before
* Cook with care ...
never leave cooking unattended.
* Keep gas/electric heaters clear of internal
fittings. Turn heaters off at power point or gas cylinder before going to
* Dispose of cigarettes carefully. Provide
deep-sided ashtrays. Never smoke in bed.
* Switch off all electrical appliances at the
power point and unplug when not in use.