Fire Safety for Caravans
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:
- 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.
- 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.
National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
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