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Caravan safety

23rd February 2010

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to a caravan fire yesterday in which a gentleman suffered severe burns to his hands as he tried to extinguish the fire.

Crews from Easingwold and Acomb were called to the caravan on fire near the BATA Garden Centre on the Easingwold / Raskelf road just before 8a.m. on Monday 22nd February 2010.

As a result we wish to offer the following crucial fire safety advice to all who live in caravans and those who enjoy caravanning as a leisure pursuit.

Staying in a caravan

  • Fit and test a smoke alarm in your caravan – optical alarms are usually most effective.
  • Take special care when cooking – don’t leave pans unattended.
  • Turn off all appliances before you go out or to bed.
  • Keep portable heaters away from the fixtures, fittings and furniture
  • Don’t dry clothes over the stove.
  • Avoid using candles due to limited space and the highly combustible nature of caravan fittings.
  • Make sure the caravan is ventilated, and never block air vents, to avoid a build up of poisonous gasses.
  • Consider keeping a fire extinguisher by the entrance, but always read the instructions before using it.

What to do if there is a fire

  • Keep calm and get everyone out as quickly as you can.
  • Call the Fire and Rescue Service and give the exact location. Give a map reference if possible, or give a landmark such as a farm or pub.

On average 1,400 fires per year occur in caravans.

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