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Safety Tips

Caravan Safety Tips

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Caravanning is more than a hobby; it's a way of life, providing endless opportunities for fun for you and your family. When you have a caravan you can go on holiday whenever you like, wherever you like, and there's so much to see and do in our country of contrasts.

As a caravan owner, however, it's important that you keep your caravan as safe as possible. Let's take a look at how to make your caravan safe in three different areas.

Fire Safety

Whether you're at home, in your caravan, or at work, fire safety should always be your number one priority. By taking a few simple precautions you can minimise the risk of fire breaking out, and make your caravan safer for all its inhabitants.

The most important step is to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your caravan, and check that they're working on a regular basis. Never leave gas cylinders inside the caravan, and have a full fire extinguisher ready by the door. In this way, you'll know exactly where it is if you have to find it. Make sure that any air vents are free from obstruction, and turn off all electrical appliances before retiring to bed.

If you must smoke in the caravan, never smoke whilst in bed or near to flammable material such as curtains.

Safe From Theft

Your beautiful caravan can be a target for thieves. Most thefts, however, are opportune, so by strengthening your caravan security you can greatly reduce the risk of it happening to you. If you're storing your caravan for any length of time, talk to the site owners about their security measures. A wheel clamp is a great idea, whether your caravan is on a site, or on your driveway.

Official figures show that around 4,000 caravans are stolen in the UK every year, but just the site of a good quality clamp or lock can be enough to make thieves look elsewhere for an easier target. A visible CCTV camera nearby also acts as a good deterrent. Don't leave valuables in your caravan while your away, and never leave keys near a window or in plain sight.

Gas Safety

Gas is essential for all the things you love about your caravan, but it's important to treat it with the respect it deserves. That's why you should have a gas safety check carried out on an annual basis. Expert gas safety engineers will test your cooker and hob, and the gas cylinders themselves. Leaks from gas and carbon monoxide are silent, but they can be deadly.

Never block up air vents, even if they seem to be causing a draught. When you use your stove, pay close attention to the flame. It should always be blue; if the flame burns yellow this indicates a problem with the gas supply and should be referred to an expert immediately.

By following these simple tips, you'll have peace of mind as well as a caravan that you can rely on year after year.