How to Use an RV Escape Window

How to Use an RV Escape Window
Since the 1970s, fire codes have required that all recreational vehicles come equipped with an escape window as an emergency exit in the event of a fire. These exit windows come in varying forms, but it is important that they are accessible at all times. Some RV owners close them up using screws, glue or caulking because they can occasionally be drafty and let cold air in, but this is illegal and puts those on board at risk.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Identify your escape window to all passengers who board your RV. Some of the most common RV fires occur in the front of the cabin or in the kitchen area, eliminating the main RV door as an option for evacuation.
Step 2
Determine how your window is intended to open. Most escape windows are fairly similar and open by blunt force, such as pushing hard on the window itself. Others have a release latch, and some, called a zip-style, require pulling a cord to initiate an automatic release and removal.
Step 3
Gather passengers around the window to explain their use. Demonstrate when possible. Note that a zip-style works similar to a parachute and can only be used once, so you shouldn't demonstrate how a zip-style works.
Step 4
Wait for the RV to stop in an emergency, if possible. Push or pull the release mechanism. Put your legs out the window first and pull your torso through the hole to land on your feet. Send adults through the window first so they can help children out the window quicker.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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