Follow our safety advice below, or download our handy leaflet with all our top tips.
- If there is a fire - get out, stay out and call 999.
- Make sure you can get out of a window if needed.
- Fit a smoke alarm, test it once a week and don’t remove the batteries.
- Fit alarms in suitable places, try moving it around if necessary to avoid false alarms, especially if you have a solid fuel burner.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
- CO is a poisonous gas that can kill you.
- Keep vents clear.
- Fit a carbon monoxide (CO) detector.
- Don’t dry clothes on or right next to the heater.
- Make sure heaters work properly.
- Use a Gas Safe engineer to fix gas heaters.
- Don’t run electrics from one home to another.
- Don’t overload sockets; using an adaptor with a lead is safer.
Solid fuel burners
- Always follow the instructions for use.
- Do not overload the burner and only burn fuels that are recommended by the manufacturer.
- Keep your burner clean, brush out flue passages once a month.
- Have your chimney swept once a year.
- The burner should be installed and regularly serviced by a competent engineer.
- Ensure the room is well ventilated.
- If you are burning wood it must be dry and well-seasoned. This usually takes about two years.
- Avoid leaving candles unattended, always make sure candles are secure.
- Smoking inside can be dangerous - smoke outside instead.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- Take extra care when cooking with hot oil.
- Keep pan handles out of children’s reach.
- Try to keep homes at least six metres apart (that’s roughly the length of three people standing in a line with their arms out).
- Find out where your nearest fire hydrant is and keep it clear from overgrown vegetation.
- Remove any litter and rubbish near the caravan to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
- Turn off gas cylinders when not in use.
- Don’t store fuel under your home or in direct sunlight. When not in use gas cylinders should be stored six metres away from your home, this applies to empty canisters as they are still dangerous.
If you need to make an emergency call, tell the operator:
- the full address or give directions if the location is not obvious - a 6 figure Ordnance Survey grid reference is helpful
- if access to the fire will be difficult for fire engines or if a four wheel drive is needed
- if there will be problems accessing water supplies
- send someone to meet the Fire & Rescue Service when they arrive.