Fires in caravans and motorhomes can spread extremely quickly. Therefore if you own or use one, it is essential to follow the basic caravan fire safety precautions:
Ensure you have at least one smoke detector and audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted in your caravan/motorhome and test them every week to ensure the batteries are working. Note: CO alarms will be required in all 'Approved' touring caravans and motorhomes for the 2012 model year onwards.
It is also recommended that you carry an easily accessible multi-purpose fire extinguisher and a fire blanket. When you leave your vehicle, and last thing at night, ensure all appliances are turned off, especially heaters not supplied as part of the vehicle's original specification.
When you are at a site:
- Make sure caravans are kept at least six metres apart
- Find out about the park's fire drill or safety routine and the location of fire extinguishers and fire buckets
- Keep a mobile phone handy or find out where the nearest public telephone is located
If you suspect a gas leak:
- Turn off all appliances and the main cylinder valve
- Open all doors and windows
- Do not smoke or operate electrical equipment
- Evacuate the caravan/motorhome