RV Kitchen Safety
Before you rev up your RV's motor and hit the road, make sure your mobile kitchen is ready for the trip. These tips reduce the risk of meal mishaps as you travel highways and byways.
- If your RV has not been used for awhile, check the quality dates on canned foods left over from last year. If canned foods have been exposed to freezing and thawing temperatures over the winter, discard them.
- Store uncooked rice, cereals and pasta in resealable food storage bags or airtight plastic containers to prevent spillage and insect infestation.
- Make sure all food preparation areas in the vehicle are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- Check the refrigerator. Set the thermostat properly and clean thoroughly before using. See Fridge & Freezer Cleaning for more information.
- If your RV has a propane system, turn the refrigerator off while traveling for safety. Most manufacturers claim that the temperature in the refrigerator will raise only 2 degrees in 6 hours if it is not opened often. Use a thermometer to check that the temperature is below 40°F.
- RV parks may have inadequate voltage, and this can play havoc with appliances. Use a volt checker to monitor your power line. This protects appliances from power surges and gradual drains from power fluctuations.