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We’re in the heart of summer. It’s the perfect time of year for camping trips and RV adventures, and if you own an RV or camper, you’ve probably made plans to hit the road soon. Unfortunately, there are risks that come along for the ride.

The good news is, a little bit of knowledge about RV safety and security can help minimize potential risks and damages.

So here is a quick guide to RV safety. 

Fire Safety

It seems even when we try to get away for the weekend (or longer), there’s one thing that we can always count on to be a concern; a fire.

The danger and damages caused by a fire can put you and your family at risk; not just physically, but monetarily as well. The best solution for a fire is to prevent it from happening in the first place and to be prepared just in case.

Follow these rules on your next trip to help prevent a fire:

-          Don’t burn candles inside.

-          Keep an eye on food while cooking and keep flammable materials away from the stove or other cooking source.

-          Only ever grill outside and away from flammable objects.

-          Bring a (non-expired) fire extinguisher, have an emergency plan, and smoke detectors with fresh batteries.

Security

Fires are not the only threat you may face on an RV trip. Keep security in mind, even if you’re staying in a remote location where you wouldn’t expect to see many people.

-          Lock doors and windows at night and when you are away from the RV or camper.

-          Don’t leave expensive or valued items outside. When not in use, it’s best to keep such items in inside and not visible through the windows.

As they say, “It’s better safe than sorry”.

Additional Safety Tips

-          Don’t leave food out and always keep a safe distance from wild animals

-          Do not operate your RV or any other vehicle in unsafe conditions or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

-          Purchase quality RV insurance from a trusted independent agent. Accidents do happen. An independent agent can help you find the best coverage for your needs at the fairest price available. It’s better to have and not need than the other way around.

-          If you’ve never driven an RV or a vehicle with an attached camper, consider taking lessons on driving (and parking) this type of vehicle. There are classes available for those who want to learn to drive an RV.

-          Only stay where you’re allowed to. Don’t park your RV on private property without permission and keep in mind that certain locations don’t permit campers for a reason; often for your own safety.

We hope you enjoy your summer and keep these tips in mind if you are planning an RV trip. For more information and a free RV insurance quote, call us today at (607) 535-6501. 

Posted 5:00 AM

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