Caravan Safety Advice Following Fire in LlangollenPosted 14/02/2012 14:10:36
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is issuing safety advice to caravanners and campers following the caravan fire in Llangollen last night where a man sadly died.
This follows the tragic caravan fire in Barmouth last June where two men died and a two year old girl was seriously injured.
Gareth Griffiths, Senior Fire Safety Manager, said: "My condolences are with the friends and family of the man who has sadly passed away.
"Fire can strike at any time, anywhere - and it is important that we are all on our guard and try to do all that we can to keep our loved ones safe. Caravans are potentially more hazardous in a fire than a house because they are smaller and more confined - it is essential that a smoke alarm is fitted to give an early warning of fire."
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is advising those planning a break in a caravan or tent to keep the following advice in mind:
- Ensure tents or caravans are kept at least six metres apart
- Find out what the fire-fighting arrangements are on the campsite and where the nearest telephone is
- Fit an optical smoke alarm in your caravan and make sure it is working
- Make sure there is either a fully charged water or dry powder extinguisher located inside the caravan near the exit door a a fire blanket adjacent to the cooking area
- Keep a torch handy for emergencies - do not use a candle
- Do not leave children alone in a caravan - and keep matches and lighters out of the reach
- Do not overload electric sockets or extension leads if you have access to a power supply and make sure electrical appliances are working correctly
- Make sure everyone knows how to operate escape windows and doors
- Keep flammable liquids and gas cylinders away from tents.
- Do not cook inside your tent.
- Be prepared to cut your way out of your tent in the event of a fire.
- If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP AND ROLL.
- Oil burning appliances should not be used in or around tents.
- Cooking appliances should not be used in small tents.
- Do not smoke inside tents.
If there is a fire:
- Get everyone out straight away. Fires in tents and caravans spread very quickly.
- Call the fire and rescue service.
- Give a map reference, if possible. Otherwise give a landmark such as a farm or pub to help the fire and rescue service locate you.
- Extreme care is required as gas cylinders may explode in a fire
- Keep cylinders outside a caravan unless a special ventilated compartment is provided inside
- Before going to be or leaving the caravan turn off all appliances - the cylinder should also be turned off unless an appliance such as a refrigerator is designed for continuous running
- Never use a cooker or heater while travelling.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety checks for everyone, including caravanners, and will install smoke alarms where necessary - contacting the free 24 hour hotline on 0800 169 1234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org