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FIRE ONE’S PRO-TIPS FOR
CARAVAN, CAMPER & RV FIRE SAFETY
A home away from home is hugely popular in Australia with over 300,000 caravans, campers and RVs registered. Being deliberately fire safe is often overlooked, however, lightweight and highly combustible construction means additional risk when you’re out exploring. To save you time, effort, heartache and money run through this checklist before releasing the park brake on your next adventure
Prior to moving:
- Have an emergency evacuation plan in place and make sure all occupants know the escape plan
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Check there’s a working smoke alarm in the sleeping area. Replace it every 10 years
- Check a fire blanket is installed in an easily accessible place and that you know how to use it
- Is the correct type of fire extinguisher in place and easily accessed?
- Is the fire extinguisher in date (less than 5 years old) and serviced within the last 6 months?
- Ensure electric connections and gas fittings are in good condition and not deteriorated.
- Ensure gas cylinders are in test date.
- Additional fuel and gas is securely stowed externally in ventilated lockers or cages
- Isolate gas valves and ensure pilot lights are off. Never tow with the gas on
- Review weather conditions and fire restrictions for the route and at your destination
- Check lights, trailer connectors and braking systems
- Ensure lithium battery boxes are ventilated to reduce heat build up
When parked up:
- Park within 30m meters from a fire hose reel in a caravan park.
- Park 5+mtrs from other others to limit fire spread and assist escape
- Park clear of flammable vegetation such as long grass
- Isolate gas valves if unrequired before going to bed.
Do not smoke inside
- Never store combustible material underneath
- Do not use candles, use LEDs or emergency lanterns
- Power-boards increase electrical fire risk due to potential overloading
- Do not use fuel-burning devices such as barbecues and camping stoves inside