Recreational Vehicles

Recreational Vehicles

The term Recreational Vehicles (RVs) is used to cover caravans, camper trailers, motor homes and all other forms of mobile accommodation

Before you leave on holiday

Please note that in some states RVs must be fitted with a smoke alarm by law, regardless of where they are registered. In South Australia if an occupied RV is on-site for 60 days or longer a hard wired or 10 year, long life, non-removable, non-replaceable battery powered smoke alarm is required by law.

  • The SA Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) strongly recommends that you install a smoke alarm in your RV.
    • The MFS recommends that you use a photo-electric type smoke alarm with a hush button that desensitises the alarm for a short period during cooking.   Note: Ionisation type smoke alarms are not suitable for use near cooking facilities.
    • The MFS recommends that the smoke alarm be powered by a 10 year life, non-removable, non-replaceable battery so that you have protection even when you are not connected to power.
    • Test the smoke alarm before leaving on holiday and once a week when the RV is in use.
  •  Gas
    • Check that LPG connections on the cylinder and gas appliances are tight and that they are not cross-threaded
    • Ensure that the cylinder and appliances are properly secured to the RV.
    • Check visually for any damage or wear and tear to pipes.
  • Check electrical appliances for frayed cords and any other visible damage.
  • Fire Extinguishers and fire blankets
    • Australian Standard 2444 (Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets) recommends that the minimum fire extinguisher you should fit is a Dry Chemical Powder fire extinguisher 1A:5B. The MFS recommends a larger Dry Chemical Powder fire extinguisher with an E rating for electrical hazards - 1A:20B:(E).
    • Larger RVs with multiple compartments require a minimum of two extinguishers with a minimum rating of 1A:5B. Consideration should be given to all extinguishers having an E rating for electrical hazards.
    • Check the extinguisher pressure gauge before using the RV. If the needle is in the red section of the gauge, have the extinguisher serviced by a recognised servicing organisation or replace it.
    • Fire extinguishers should be pressure tested by a recognised servicing organisation every 10 years.
    • Maintain the extinguisher by inverting it regularly and shaking it to prevent 'compacting' of the powder extinguishing agent. Check the pressure gauge and the expiry date on the cylinder when you do so.
    • Fit a fire blanket in the RV.
    • The extinguisher/s and fire blanket should be located near an exit where they are easily accessible and where escape is also an option.

For more information on fire extinguishers please view our 'Fire extinguishers for domestic use' fact sheet.

  • Have an escape plan for the family in case of fire. Your plan should include ensuring all others are awake, an assembly location outside the RV and a means of calling the fire service.
  • Make sure exits and exit paths are not obstructed.

While on holidays:

  • Turn off the gas cylinder valve before travelling.
  • Cook with care; never leave cooking unattended.
  • Ensure that the RV is well ventilated when using any gas appliances.
  • Keep gas or electric heaters well clear of internal fittings. Turn heaters off at the power point or gas cylinder before going to bed.
  • Dispose of cigarettes carefully. Provide deep-sided ashtrays. Never smoke in bed.
  • Switch off all electrical appliances at the power point and unplug when not in use.
  • Store flammable liquids in approved sealed containers and keep well clear of the RV. Never transport flammable liquids in the RV.
  • Position the RV in a clear area away from long grass and never accumulate rubbish around or under the RV.
  • If possible, have a garden hose attached to a tap on site for fire fighting.

Download a PDF English version of this Home Fire Safety Information Sheet. (PDF 71KB)


For further advice ring the Community Safety & Resilience Department 8204 3611, Country Callers 1300 737 637.

e-mail samfscommunitysafety@.sa.gov.au

or call in to the Adelaide Fire Station, 99 Wakefield Street, Adelaide during business hours.