Usually, I share my RV Recipes here on the RV Lifestyle blog. But this week, I want to take some time to offer some safety tips about cooking in your RV. If you read them now, you won’t have to wonder what to do if a fire suddenly gets out of control in your RV galley.

Safety first:  When setting up supplies to take along in your RV, check that you have a fire extinguisher onboard and that the fire extinguisher has not expired.

Check to see if your fire extinguisher may be on a recall list.  The fire extinguisher on our rig was a couple of years ago and we

submitted for the free replacement.

Other supplies to have close by: a skillet or saucepan lid that fits the size of the cookware you will be using and a full box of baking soda that has not expired and full regular grocery store sized container of salt.

What to do when a fire erupts while cooking in your RV

Microwave, Convection oven or Regular Oven:  Close the door on the appliance if it is open. If the door is shut keep it shut.  This first step keeps the fire from being fueled by oxygen in the surrounding air on the other side of the door!  If the fire continues and you see flames or smoke indicating the fire may still be active, call 911 or the local emergency fire department emergency number.

Stovetop/Grill:  Protect your hands from the hot flames and hot handle. Wearing oven mitts ‘clap’ the lid onto the pan if the lid is readily available.  Move the pan off the burner. Turn off the stovetop/grill  and propane if applicable.  Cutting off air supply to the fire with the lid will stop oxygen from fueling the fire.  If you don’t have the pan lid readily available or you are not able to safely place the lid on, grab the fire extinguisher and aim the nozzle so that it is pointing toward the base of the fire.  Do not point the extinguisher at the flames.

Grease fires:  Never use water on a grease fire as this can spread the fire.  The reason is water repels  grease and can easily splatter the grease.  If the fire is small, protect your hands with an oven mitt (if available), cover the pot with a lid and turn off the stove.  If no lid is available extinguish the fire by pouring baking soda or salt on it.  If you need another choice for safely putting out the fire:  use a wet towel, wet clothing or a fire extinguisher.

Warning ~ 1. NEVER use flour to extinguish the fire as it can explode and make the fire worse!  2. NEVER swat at a fire, you are fanning the flames and likely spreading the fire.  3. If the fire is large, growing or not easily contained, get everyone out of the kitchen or galley, turn propane off if you can safely do so and call 911, if unavailable call the local Emergency Response in the area.

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