Nicholasville Fire Department hopes to share life-saving information with mobile fire safety house

Nicholasville Fire Department hopes to share life-saving information with mobile fire safety house
Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 11:27 PM EDT
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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - The Nicholasville Fire Department has a new fire safety house to teach people about fire dangers.

WKYT talked to a firefighter about camper fires after a 5th wheel camper caught fire in Garrard County sending a 10-year-old boy to the hospital with serious injuries.

Whether campers are a permanent living space or used for traveling, firefighters say it’s important to take steps to ensure your safety while in one.

Lt. Will Gover told WKYT’s Jeremy Tombs that the department’s new fire safety house can help prevent fires.

The tool sets up like a typical camper, said Lt. Gover, and it’s come at a good time.

“There are more RVs on the road now than ever before, so the chance [of fires] could rise,” said Lt. Gover.

Firefighters say the same steps you take to keep a house safe are used in campers.

“Have your fire extinguishers charged, go ahead and change the batteries in the smoke detectors, and make sure the carbon monoxide and gas detection systems are working,” said Lt. Gover.

But firefighters pointed out there are some safety precautions unique to campers.

“RVs typically have exit windows, so knowing how to operate those and having a plan in place with your family,” Lt. Gover said. “And know where your other exit points as well to where you can quickly and safely get out.”

Lt Gover recommended being mindful of overloading your circuit if you live in a unit year-round.

“RVs are typically only 30 amp or 50 amp,” said Lt. Gover, “and also not using any space heaters where you’ve got a smaller space. There’s a better chance of something falling against that.”

Lt. Gover says RV fires aren’t common but added that it’s important to use these measures to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Firefighters plan to take the fire safety house to schools and libraries in the community soon for demonstrations.

Lt Gover told WKYT that if their work can help protect even one person’s life while using a camper it’s more than worth it.

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