GORV - Digital Magazine Issue #39 | Page 52

RV FIRE SAFETY RECENT EVENTS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR RVERS TO PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES… We are all very aware of the dangers of fire in Australia, particularly with the recent bushfires that have been labelled the worst on record, claiming many lives, loss of property and a reported 1 billion animals. We were in Yeppoon, Qld, in November last year when the reality of these fires hit home. Finding ourselves in the midst of a very scary situation prompted us to create an emergency plan and grab-bag, two things we hadn’t even considered when we set off on our adventure around Australia. Now in Tasmania the cold weather means cranking the diesel heater daily to keep the van warm, and lots more indoor cooking. When we first arrived on the Apple Isle, we had the opportunity to show a friend through our Coromal Element Evolution. Being a Tassie Fire Station officer, his first question was, “Where are your smoke alarms?” This was quickly followed by, “Where is your carbon monoxide detector?”