The first long weekend of the summer season is almost upon us and with that you can expect an exodus of trailers and RVís to be leaving Russell for the first camping trip of the year. With the increased popularity of trailer camping over the last few years our little village often looks slightly deserted during long weekends in the summertime. The days of rolling out the musty canvas tent trailer are coming to an end as some of these modern trailers rival the comforts of our own homes, a friend of mine has a fifth wheel trailer that far exceeds the quality of my first apartment in both space and finish. One aspect of life in a trailer that must never be overlooked is fire safety, a trailer is your temporary living space and the same laws that apply to your home also apply to your trailer. The fire code demands that RVís and trailers all come equipped with working smoke alarms, failure to have one could result in a fine being issued. Despite the legal requirements, it only makes sense to comply with these laws for the protection of your family.
If you already have a smoke alarm in your trailer make sure to replace the battery at the beginning of the camping season, also verify that the unit is clean. Cleaning the unit is essential to making sure it operates properly, this is also something that should be done on a regular basis throughout the camping season. Over the summer spiders and other bugs may find their way into the unit and discover that it is a good place to make a home or a nest for their eggs. Other safety devices you might want to install in your trailer are carbon monoxide detectors and propane detectors. Many trailers use propane to fuel various appliances within them, so having devices to detect high concentrations of these gases should be an obvious decision.
Kitchens are always an area of concern for fire within our homes and the same concern should apply to the trailer kitchen. The most common cause for residential kitchen fires is lack of attention while cooking, and considering that interruptions will likely increase when camping special efforts must be made not to neglect the trailer stove. Cooking also brings up other concerns; due to the tighter quarters within a trailer, keeping children away from the stove is a must. A boiling pot of water or sauce can cause painful and serious burns if spilled onto a child or adult for that matter. Also make sure to have an accessible fire extinguisher, however when looking at the placement of your extinguisher, make sure that you can not end up in a position where the fire is between you and the exit
The Russell Fire Department wishes everyone a fun and safe camping season, letís all make sure the fun times are not spoiled by preventable accidents.