Caravan Safety

We want you to be safe whether you are at home, on the roads or out enjoying the countryside.

If you are heading somewhere to stay in a caravan it is important to think about possible fire risks in your new surroundings.

So to help keep you, your family and your friends safe, follow our simple tips to stay safe and enjoy your trip:

  • Ensure caravans are at least six metres apart and away from vehicles to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use lighted candles.
  • Make sure you know the caravan site’s fire safety arrangements and also where the nearest telephone is.
  • Fit a smoke alarm in your caravan – optical alarms are usually most effective. Test every week. #Testittuesday
  • Stand by your pan – never leave cooking unattended.
  • Turn off all appliances before you go out or go to bed.
  • Make sure ashtrays are made of a material that won’t burn – and never smoke in bed.
  • Don’t dry clothes over a stove.
  • Remove any rubbish near your caravan – this will reduce the risk of fire spreading.

Always remember in the event of fire GET OUT, STAY OUT & CALL 999. Give the call operator your exact location – a map reference if possible or a landmark eg farm or pub name

Using gas cylinders

  • Keep flammable liquids eg petrol and gas cylinders outside and away from children.
  • Make sure gas cylinders are completely empty before changing and store them away from caravans and vehicles.
  • Check the gas pipe connection is secure. If you suspect a leak, turn off the main cylinder valve.
  • Don’t use petrol or paraffin to light a solid fuel stove.