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HOW TO: Start a Fire with Steel Wool

We recently heard from an RVer who was using steel wool to stop pests from coming in near the water heater, and we realized that it might not be common knowledge that fine steel wool is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and burns readily.

We’re outside in the dark to clearly demonstrate how easily a fire can start by allowing fine steel wool to come in contact with any source of ignition, including a 9-volt battery. Be sure to store and use steel wool away from any possible source of ignition.

As we’ve seen the videos of RV fires recently featured in the RVtravel.com newsletter, we know how dangerous they can be. With so many sources of fuel, RV fires are fast-spreading and very difficult to stop. A total loss of the RV is the likely result, not to mention the potential for injury or loss of life.

If you keep steel wool on board, be sure to store it away from any sparks, flame, electricity or batteries. Steel wool is safe to use, but be aware of the fire danger and handle & store it accordingly.

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Even though we're handy RVers, we're not professional technicians. So although we're happy with the techniques and products we use, you should be sure to confirm that all methods and materials are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you're unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.

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