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Fire Safety for Caravans

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The principles for staying safe from a fire in a caravan, mobile home, etc. are the same as they are in a house but there are a number of further considerations:

Caravan Safety

  • Fires in caravans are extremely dangerous.
  • Have an evacuation plan, for getting out quickly.
  • Have your own fire extinguisher and fire blanket and make sure that everybody knows how and when to use them.
  • Make sure that your gas (LPG) cylinder is outside, on level ground and in a well-ventilated area away from any heat source.
  • Make sure that there is a good connection to the gas pipe and the cylinder is secured.
  • Stand any solid fuel heater on a proper metal or stone slab.
  • Never use petrol, paraffin or diesel fuel when lighting a solid fuel stove or heater.
  • Ashes should be removed with a metal shovel and metal bucket and left outside in a safe and secure place to cool down.
  • Use a guard with your heating appliances.

Site Safety

  • Make sure that your site has a fire drill or safety routine and means of calling the emergency services.
  • Find out the whereabouts of the available fire fighting equipment and know how it is operated.
  • Park caravans and mobile homes at least 6 metres apart.
  • Park cars well clear of caravans and mobile homes.
  • Never store petrol, diesel or gas containers under your caravan or mobile home.
  • Place empty containers in a safe place or suitable storage away from caravans and vehicles and away from any heat source.
  • Never let rubbish build up around a caravan. It is a fire hazard.

Contact Details

National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Rm. G59
Custom House
Dublin 1
D01 W6X0

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