So your season is well underway at your Caravan. And just to make sure you, want to ensure that you have a great time, but also to stay safe in your Static Caravan as well as your Guests if you hire it out at all.
Here are a few things we thought about and that you need to remember and to check plus also keep an eye on:
Get used to the Caravan site you are on and by that we mean with the Caravan Park’s Emergency policies and check the location of your nearest Fire Assembly Point, this is most important to all caravan owners / users. Site Reception will be able to provide this information for you but if you are hiring the caravan for a holday this should be supplied within the caravan file if they have one.
Fire in your caravan
It is recommended that you have at least one fire extinguisher in your caravan, within easy reach, preferably in the kitchen area.This will be checked when an inspection is carried out by someone but should b
A Fire blanket can help to extinguish a fire caused by cooking oils and fats, not all caravans will have these but they are a great idea to have one
Always have a minimum of one smoke alarm fitted in your caravan holiday home to give advance warning, sometimes the first alert if a fire breaks out at night. Check and change the batteries each year. Smoke Alarms if the Caravan is to be hired out, must be checked prior to any customer using it. This is a good insurance for the owner that all was well before the next customer books in.
Keep a torch handy for emergencies.
The majority of caravans use Propane gas cylinders for cooking and heating facilities.
Make sure the gas connection pipe is secure, the gas bottles are stored and fixed in a safe and secure place ( majority of these will be stored at the rear or side of the caravan), and keep flammable items away from cylinders at all times. Only change a gas cylinder when it is completely empty; your Site Maintenance team should be able to help you with this task.
Inside your Static Caravan
Make sure the caravan is well ventilated, and to avoid a build-up of poisonous gases do not cover or block up vents.
Ensure all appliances are turned off at night before you go to bed to minimise the risk of fire.
Don’t leave pans unattended when cooking and take extra care when small children are in the kitchen area of your caravan.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas; you cannot see it, taste it or smell it, yet it can cause death by asphyxiation or poisoning within a matter of minutes.
Always have an approved Carbon Monoxide Alarm installed in your static caravan. my own caravan has 2 of these they are a serious item to have.
Gas Boiler and Gas Fire Check
most caravan parks now recommend that for your own safety you have an annual check carried out by a competent Gas Safe Registered person on your Gas Fire and Boiler. They will inspect and clean the appliance and issue you with a certificate of compliance. This is compulsory if you intend to rent your caravan holiday home out.
Food Safety Tips
BBQs are a great way of cooking while at your caravan; nothing beats the smell of roasting sausages on the grill but undercooked food, or food that has been left out in the sun for too long, can be very dangerous to eat. It can cause food poisoning and is a sure fire way to spoil your holiday.
In the event of a major incident, your caravan insurance should cover you for most aspects caused by an emergency situation. Ensure that your Policy is up to date.