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Camper Heating

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Camper Heating

Firefighters say small trailers, campers, and RVs are especially prone to fires.

This time of year, the risk increases with the use of space heaters.

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Camper Heating

Firefighters say small trailers, campers, and rvs are especially prone to fires.

This time of year, the risk increases with the use of space heaters.

Our cash matlock joins us live in the studio with more on what you can do to prevent a fire in those smaller homes.

Guys, when it comes to preventing a fire, firefighters say it has a lot to do with how a structure is built.

Some older campers and rvs lack proper fire safety measures, and most of them also lack sheet rock, which experts say can help stop a fire from spreading.

Some people live in houses... some live in apartments... and others choose to live in small campers or rvs.

Fire coordinator kirk rosenhan says accidential fires can spread quickly.

"they're usually very tight quarters.

The interiors are very combustable because of paneling and no sheet rock and this, that, and the other."

He says some small trailers have metal roofing, which can make a fire even worse.

"a fire doesn't go up and out.

T goes up and cross wise and it quickly fills the entire structure with smoke and heat."

Experts say one of the most dangerous things you can do in a camper, is plug in a space heater.

Aberdeen rv general manger brad smart says he warns his customers not to use portable heaters.

"anything that glows red inside has the potential of starting a fire inside the unit" "the problem is, people will run a fifteen watt electric heater with an extension chord that is bought at the dollar store.

That gets to be a problem."

Smart says newer rv models come with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and their own source for heat.

"each unit comes with a heat source, but those vary in effencientcy.

A lot of times people will reach out to you to start to use electric space heaters to provide that heat."

"we worry about fire extinguishers and all that, but the basic thing is to get out.

That's the problem."

Because of this...smart says newer models have even more safety exits.

"every rv has got an emergency exit that located... accessible to every sleeping area.

So if you've got four or five sleeping areas in an rv, you've got an exit accessible.

Usually its a window that is labeled as such."

Rv experts say as long as the proper safety measures are followed, campers are very safe.

For more information about the rv fires go to our website, wcbi dot com.

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