Despite the best efforts of crews from Bicester fire station, a caravan was recently destroyed by a fire in Oxfordshire, but fortunately no one was hurt. Many of the fire hazards in a caravan are similar to those in a building, but there are many differences as well that make the risks different. Well compartmentalised buildings made of concrete can be very effective at slowing the spread of fire, but they can be harder to escape. The size of buildings can ensure there is a greater distance between real hazards and those who could be harmed but without proper systems this means it could be longer before a fire is detected.
Caravan Fire Risks
- The proximity of gas cylinders
- Small space can fill with smoke much quicker
- Fire could reach you quicker in a small space
Caravan Fire Risk Assessment
- Regular inspections to ensure gas cylinders and connections are all in good working order
- Ensure storage is organised away from cooking, lighting and power source
- Ensure that there is a working smoke alarm
- There should be at least two exits so that a fire cannot trap you inside
- Fit a fire extinguisher near each exit to aid escape or to prevent fire from spreading
- Everyone should no what to do in case of an emergency
This list is not fully inclusive as each caravan will have its own unique risks, but if you are an owner of a caravan park then you should have advice and support in all things fire safety. If you require advice or our risk assessment, equipment supply or maintenance services then please get in touch.
If you own a caravan these are the basics to protect your family. Remember, a fire needs three things to occur and burn: oxygen, fuel and heat. If you remove any one of these things then a fire cannot occur. Remember that when you are assessing your caravan as a home or preparing it to take away for a trip.