Don’t let your holiday go up in smoke.
Plans for your caravan trip shouldn’t just include where you are going and the type of food to take. You should also consider fire safety.
If a fire starts your caravan can burn very quickly. Do you have a plan or the right safety equipment onboard to deal with a fire?
These simple tips could prevent your holiday going up in smoke:
Before you travel:
- Ensure all gas equipment for your caravan is tested and in good working order
- Gas cylinders on caravans should be external and secured with valves facing away from the van
- Purchase a fire extinguisher and fire blanket and locate them near an exit where they are easily accessible
- Install a smoke alarm with a hush button close to the sleeping area in a caravan
- Ensure all fire safety equipment such as smoke alarms, fire blanket and fire extinguisher are maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- Develop an emergency escape plan that considers all occupants of the caravan
- Ensure that you turn off any pilot lights before towing your caravan or when the vehicles engine is running
- Service all electric and mechanical brakes and bearings on your caravan
- Find out where firefighting equipment such as hose reels are located in caravan parks and be aware of local emergency procedures
Off road camping:
- Check the connections on your caravan after driving on country roads
- Keep up to date with weather conditions and fire restrictions
- Park in a safe location clear of flammable vegetation such as long grass and spinifex
- Always ensure that there is a safe distance of at least five metres between other caravans and you are in a location with an easy exit in the event of a fire
- Store all flammable liquids outside the caravan away from open camp fires
- Monitor the Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for your area. Do not light any campfires if the FDR is Very High, Extreme, Severe or Catastrophic
- Check under your car for build up of Spinifex and other debris
Fire safety tips:
DFES Caravan Safety Video (YouTube)