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Camping and caravans

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Caravans

Caravans are smaller and more confined than houses, with greater fire risks. It’s essential that you install a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm, and follow these precautions:

  • on a caravan site, find out what the fire-fighting arrangements are
  • never leave children alone in a caravan
  • a fully-charged water or dry powder fire extinguisher should be kept in the caravan near an exit door, and a fire blanket should be next to the cooking area
  • keep a torch handy for emergencies and never use candles
  • make sure everyone knows how to use escape windows and doors
  • keep gas cylinders outside the caravan, unless a specially-ventilated compartment is provided.

Tents

  • allow at least six metres (18ft) between tents
  • never use candles in or near a tent, always a torch
  • discourage smoking, especially in smaller tents
  • don‘t use cooking equipment in smaller tents
  • make sure everyone knows where the nearest phone is and, if applicable,  the nearest emergency fire point
  • be sure the cooker is stable, out of draughts and somewhere it won’t get knocked over
  • keep flammables (including long grass) away from the cooking area
  • avoid using liquid fuel appliances if possible
  • only change disposable gas cylinders when they’re completely empty
  • never leave a cooker, barbecue, fire, etc burning and unattended, including when you go to sleep.
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