Get up and go! … but don’t forget this

With the bank holiday just around the corner many of us are making the most of the long weekend to pack our bags and head for the country or the seaside. If you are lucky enough to own a caravan trailer or campervan you can literally pack the kitchen sink, along with washing up liquid and tea-towels, as well as the raw ingredients to make a slap-up supper everyone can enjoy.

But when you are making your list for things to pack, don’t forget to tick the box for a fire extinguisher and fire blanket. You also need to test the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in the vehicle before you set off. There has been a spate of holiday caravan fires in the West Country this summer. Dorset, Devon and Cornwall firefighters have all been on high alert after caravan fires have been reported on campsites and beauty spots.

When cooking in your caravan, take special care, watch children and never leave a stove unattended. Never block air vents and keep your gas cylinders outside your caravan. Turn off all appliances before going to bed … and never use a cooker whilst your caravan is moving

It is vital to remember that should a fire start in a caravan the most important rule is to get everyone out before attempting to tackle any fire. For all your fire safety needs including fire alarms, smoke alarms, extinguishers, fire blankets, fire risk assessments and fire safety training for your staff contact our specialist staff at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

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