How to prevent Caravan Fires

Are you aware of Fire Safety Surrounding Caravans? Whether you live in a Caravan Full Time or you Holiday in one, it is very important to be aware of the following preventative measures to ensure your safety at all times.

Caravans contain and are made of highly flammable materials. Therefore Fire Safety is paramount. Here are some guidelines to follow to increase your fire safety within your mobile home:

  • fit a smoke detector
  • fit a carbon monoxide detector
  • take special care when cooking - don’t leave pans unattended
  • keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children
  • if you smoke, use suitable metal ashtrays and never smoke in bed
  • don’t leave children alone inside
  • don’t block air vents as this can be fatal
  • keep a fire extinguisher inside, by the door
  • keep gas cylinders outside your caravan
  • before going to bed (or leaving the caravan) turn off all appliances
  • never use a cooker or heater while your caravan is moving

Caravans use Gas Cylinders as a source of energy. Special care should be taken with Gas Cylinders. Here are some safety tips:

  • install a gas detection system, if possible
  • if you think there is a gas leak, turn off all appliances and the main cylinder valve – open all the doors and windows
  • change gas cylinders only when they are completely empty
  • make sure the new cylinder is secure before connecting it
  • when changing cylinders, make sure all cylinder valves are turned off before disconnecting
  • do not turn on the cylinder valves before the connection is complete
  • spare and empty cylinders should be kept in the open air and secured by a safety strap or other quick release device

To store fuel in your mobile home, you should:

  • not store petrol, diesel or gas containers under your mobile home
  • make sure your gas bottle (LPG) is outside, on level ground, away from heat sources
  • make sure the connection to the gas pipe is sound and the bottle secured

Fire Safety in Mobile Parks:

When putting your mobile home in position, you should park at least six metres apart from other mobile homes and well away from parked cars.

In addition, make sure you know what the fire arrangements on the camp site are and where the nearest telephone is.

If there is a fire in your caravan:

  • get everyone out straight away
  • call the local fire and rescue service and give your location with a map reference, if possible, or provide a nearby landmark, like a farm
  • remember: get out, stay out and get the fire service out

If you suspect a gas leak:

  • turn off all appliances and the main cylinder valve
  • open all doors and windows
  • get out of your caravan and into fresh air
  • do not smoke or operate electrical switches

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01-4087077.


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