It’s easy to forget about fire safety in your caravan whilst you’re enjoying yourself on holiday, but some simple safeguards can help to keep you safe should the worst happen.
FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Fit a smoke detector. All NCC approved dealers and manufacturers are required to fit smoke detectors in all new and second hand caravans, but it’s worthwhile making sure that this is the case.
It’s easy enough to fit a fire blanket in your caravan. Ideally, it should be somewhere between your cooker and your caravan door. These can be picked up for as little as £5.00, but make sure it conforms to BS EN 1869.
A fire extinguisher should be in everyone’s caravanning kit, but it should only be used once everyone’s out of the caravan and safe. You should also know the type of extinguisher you’ve got and how to use it effectively.
Whilst dry powder fire extinguishers are effective at putting out most fires, they’re not recommended for use in small spaces like caravans. A fully charged water or AFFF foam fire extinguishers is ideal for use on small fires.
For more information about the different types of fire extinguishers, click here.
GENERAL CARAVAN FIRE SAFETY
- When you arrive at your campsite, look out for Fire Points located around the site.
- Turn off appliances when not in use – unplug phone / device chargers
- Don’t leave clothes to dry on heaters.
- Be aware of pressurised containers (aerosols) stored in cupboards next to overs / heaters.
- When pitching up on a campsite, it’s recommended that 6 meters is allowed between each caravan to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
- Don’t block air vents.
- Never leave a cooker unattended when preparing food.
- Turn off gas cylinders when not in use, and keep outside your caravan.
- Never use a barbecue or camping stove in your caravan or awning.
Should the worst happen and there’s a fire in your caravan, don’t attempt to tackle the fire yourself, and don’t attempt to start moving or unhitching a caravan. Your primary concern should be to evacuate the area to ensure yours and others safety.
Call the Fire & Rescue Service on 999 as soon as possible, giving your location and nearby landmarks to help them to find you.