RV Fire Safety

Fires at Riverbend

UPDATED – June 2023

RV fire saftey must be top of mind for all campers. In the past twelve months we have had two RV fires.  In the summer of 2016 we had a fire in the east end that destroyed a trailer and caused significant damage to the trailer on the adjoining lot as well as a number of trees. IA Class A motorhome was destroyed by fire in the winter.  The Okotoks Fire Department responded and says it took two hours to extinguish the fire.   The efforts of firefighters limited damage to the exterior of the trailer on the next site.

Have a Plan

We want to ensure the safety of all of our campers.  Before starting the season, do a though safety review.  Does your unit have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?  Regularly check and test this safety equipment.  Make sure you have a fully charged fire extinguisher in your RV.  Everyone should know where it is, how to operate it and what types of fires it can be used for.

In most cases of fire, the best decision is to get out quickly and stay out.  Do not go back in for anything.  Lives can’t be replaced objects can.  Have an emergency exit plan and review it with all family members.  Are doorways clear and do latches work properly?  Next check your emergency exit windows.  Do window latches work and does the window easily open?  Some seasonal campers have structures beside their units.  Make certain these do not compromise the operation of these critical exit options.

For more information on RV fire safety check out this page

Know Your Site Location

It is important to become familiar with your site location.  Those of us familiar with Riverbend will know a site location by lot number.  We do however still see confusion between the East and West ends of the campground.  First responders, not familiar with the campground rely on site number and road name.  Take note of the road name leading to your site, in case of emergency. You can access the campground site map online here.