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Press Release - Are you taking your Caravan or Campervan to Glastonbury festival?
Posted on 16/06/2017

Then this weekend is the ideal time to check that your smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide detector is in working order... whether you’re heading to Glastonbury festival or not. Safety in your caravan or campervan is vital as the vehicle is such a small, confined space and a fire can take off frightenly fast.

In a fire, you would have just a few seconds to get out of a burning caravan, which has limited escape options. The warning a working smoke alarm gives can mean the difference between life and death. They are designed to detect fire in its early stages and can give you those precious few moments to get out safely.

Carbon Monoxide detector

The fitting of a Carbon Monoxide detector , ideally conforming to BS EN 50291-2, is as important. Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell and can be produced by appliances that use gas, wood, oil or coal. Carbon Monoxide can also be present in smoke from solid fuel or oil appliances.

Carbon Monoxide is potentially fatal and even low-levels of the poison can cause lasting damage to your health.

If you are living in a caravan or trailer while at Glastonbury remember to follow these basic fire safety precautions:
• Fit a smoke detector in your caravan - smoke alarms are the first line of defence against fire. Find out about firefighting arrangements on the site
• Keep a torch handy for emergencies - do not use a lit candle
• Take care when cooking - don't leave fat pans unattended
• Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children
• If you smoke, use suitable metal ashtrays - never smoke in bed
• Keep the caravan ventilated and don't block up air vents - it could be fatal
• Before going to bed or leaving the caravan, turn off all appliances
• Fit smoke alarms with a hush button. Check them once a week, clean it once a month and change the battery once a year
• Check all gas fittings. Use arrester valves on gas bottles and make sure your home is adequately ventilated
• To find a gas registered engineer, go to: Gas Safe Register

BBQs are designed for cooking not for heating up spaces.

Barbecue safety
• make sure your barbecue site is flat and away from fences, trees and sheds
• keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, in case of emergencies
• use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about 5 centimetres (2 inches)
• never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive, your barbecue – use only barbecue fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coals
• keep children and pets away from the cooking area
• don’t leave the barbecue unattended
• after cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before trying to move it
Gas Cylinders (LPGs)
You should take special care when handling gas cylinders (LPGs).

A used barbeque (solid fuel or LPG) should not be taken into a living area (tent, caravan etc.) even when it appears to be extinguished, as CO can continue to be produced for some time after use

Follow these safety tips:
• install a carbon monoxide detector
• keep gas cylinders outside your caravan, They should be turned off unless they are designed to run continuously (such as a fridge)
• change gas cylinders only when they are completely empty
• make sure the new cylinder is secure before connecting it
• do not turn on the cylinder valves before the connection is complete
• before going to bed, or leaving the caravan, turn off all appliances
• if you suspect a gas leak, turn off all appliances and the main cylinder value, open all doors and windows and do not smoke or turn on any electrical switches or appliances until you have been given the all clear
• spare and empty cylinders should be kept in the open air and secured by a safety strap or other quick release device

Thanks to the Caravan and Motorhome Club for additional information.

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