Caravan Fire Safety


If you live or use a caravan, you must follow some basic caravan fire safety precautions.


The following information comes from the Direct.Gov.uk website:


Safety Basics - At the site:

  • Make sure caravans are kept at least six metres apart
  • Find out about fire-fighting arrangements on the campsite or caravan park and also where the nearest telephone is
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies - don't use a lit candle


Safety Basics - Your caravan:

  • Fit a smoke detector in your caravan
  • Take care when cooking - don't leave fat pans unattended
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children
  • If you smoke, use suitable metal ashtrays - never smoke in bed
  • Children should not be left alone in a caravan
  • Keep the caravan ventilated and don't block up air vents - it could be fatal
  • Keep a fire extinguisher inside the caravan, by the door


If you use gas bottles in your caravan:

  • Keep cylinders outside your caravan
  • Before going to bed or leaving the caravan, turn off all appliances
  • Turn off cylinders unless appliances (such as a fridge) are designed to run continuously
  • Never use a cooker or a heater while a caravan is moving
  • Change gas bottles only when completely empty


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 switches


If there's a fire:

  • Fires in tents and caravans spread very quickly - get everyone out straight away
  • Call the fire and rescue service and give the exact location
  • Give a map reference to the fire brigade, if possible - otherwise, give a landmark such as a farm or pub, to help them to locate you


If you have any caravan fire safety information which would help other caravanners, please contact us.


Make sure you always follow the basic caravan fire safety precautions and never become complacent. We have never seen a caravan fire and really never, ever want to.


Safe Caravanning !

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