General Safety Advice for Caravans and Motorhomes
Fire hazards encountered in a caravan or motorhome can be very different to your home or a commercial building, this is because they are more enclosed and contain items like gas cylinders which are used for cooking etc. Safety should be one of your first concerns and below are a few hints to guide you:
Guidance on Fire Safety
Whether you own a caravan or a motorhome, make sure you fit a smoke alarm and carry portable fire extinguishers, ideally the ‘dry powder’ type. These are a good all-rounder and can be used on flammable liquids and gases; electrical equipment, wood and textiles. Make sure you know how to use it, just in case. All furnishings including those with ‘foam’ type insulation should be fire retardant and have the appropriate labels, so check and make sure.
Whatever parts of the country you going to make that you have the details of the local Police and Fire Service.
If using matches make sure they are the safety type, vibrations may possibly ignite the non-safety variety.
Fire Prevention Measures
When using a Caravan park or private caravan area the recommended distance between each caravan should be at least six feet and away from parked cars.
When visiting a new camp site make sure to find out what the fire arrangements are, and where the location of the nearest telephone is.
The Caravan Interior
It’s safer to use a metal ashtray if you smoke, and not advisable to smoke in bed.
Children should not be left alone inside in the caravan, when you are not around.
When leaving the caravan or going to bed, switch off the appliances.
It is not advisable to use the appliances or leave a heater only when the caravan is stationary and not moving.
Any air vents should be kept clear and unobstructed, in case of any gas leaks.
When Gas Cylinders are Used
Install or fit a gas detector or system.
When a gas leak is suspected, turn off the gas cylinder valve; switch off any appliances and open doors and windows.
When fitting a new cylinder, make sure it is firmly secured and the link-up is complete before turning on the connection.
Likewise if changing the cylinder make sure everything is switched off including the valve before you disconnect.
If you have a number of empty cylinders, make sure they are safety strapped together, in a well ventilated area.