Propane and Your RV: Safety and Maintenance Dos and Don’ts
Posted: July 12, 2018
Summer is a great time to take to the road and enjoy the freedom that a propane-powered RV can bring you. But that freedom does come with some responsibilities – especially when it comes to keeping your family safe.
Here is a quick guide to propane safety for your RV before, during, and after your great 2018 road trip adventure.
Before your trip
Before you hit the road,
- Inspect propane cylinders and their mounting hardware for wear, rust, or damage; if you spot a problem with your cylinders or other propane hardware, have your equipment professionally serviced.
- If you are carrying extra propane cylinders, store them securely in an upright position in a well-ventilated area; never store a propane container inside your RV.
- Inspect propane appliance hoses for frays, kinks, or damage.
- Never paint propane containers, valves, or mounting hardware.
- Make sure your system is inspected at least once a year by a trained service technician; never attempt to repair any propane-related component yourself.
- Make sure your RV has working propane, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors (these are required by law). You should also have at least one fire extinguisher (Class 5-B:C for trailers; Class 10-B:C for motor homes). If you need to replace a detector, follow manufacturer’s instructions and use a model that is approved for use in RVs.
If a detector sounds
- Exit the RV immediately.
- If the propane detector goes off,
- Immediately extinguish all cigarettes, pilot lights, and other open flames.
- Do not operate lights, appliances, or cell phones, which can produce a spark.
- Exit the RV immediately.
- If possible and safe, turn off the gas supply valve on your cylinder.
- Leave the area an call 911.
- Before you turn on any propane equipment, have it inspected by a qualified propane technician.
- If the CO detector goes off,
- Get everyone out of the vehicle immediately
- Look for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, include headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
- If you suspect carbon monoxide is present, call 911 or the local fire department.
On the Road
- Turn off your propane supply at the tank while driving.
- Shut off propane supply valves, pilot lights, ignitors, and appliances, during refueling; have everybody exit the vehicle.
- Do not smoke near tanks, filling stations, or any other location where gasoline or propane may be present.
- Turn off propane supply valves before entering tunnels or enclosed areas. Follow all rules and warnings posted around restricted areas.
- Open a window or roof vent and turn on your exhaust fan when cooking.
- Never use your stove for space heat.
- Never use outdoor fuel-burning equipment inside the RV.
- Keep propane tanks and cylinders at least 10 feet away from heat sources.
- Turn off all propane supply valves and appliances and keep vents open.
- If you store your vehicle in an enclosed area, remove all portable cylinders and store them securely in an upright position, in a well-ventilated area. Never store a cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, or shed.
- Have your RV’s propane system inspected before you use your RV.
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