Fire Safety Essentials for your Campervan

Getting Rolling

If you’re like most people, your Rolling Abode is your home away from home.

It’s a place where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors, without having to worry about the everyday hustle and bustle. But just like any other home, your caravan or motorhome needs to be equipped with the proper safety accessories in case of an emergency.

By taking the time to equip your caravan with these essential fire safety accessories, you can rest assured knowing that you, your pets and travelling companions will be safe in case of an emergency.


Fire Extinguisher

This is an absolute must-have for any caravan, campervan, motorhome and even your car. Be sure to choose one that is specifically designed for use on campfires.

Size and weight are important considerations when choosing a fire extinguisher for your caravan. You want something that is small enough to store easily, but also heavy enough to be effective. A good rule of thumb is to choose an extinguisher that is about the size of a shoebox.

Another important consideration is the type of fire extinguisher. There are two main types of fire extinguishers: water and foam. Water extinguishers are best for dealing with small fires, while foam extinguishers are better for larger fires. Most caravans, campervans and motorhomes would use an ABE Dry Powder type extinguisher like the one in the picture below.  If you’re not sure which type of fire extinguisher to choose, ask your local caravanning shop for advice.

Finally, make sure you know how to use your fire extinguisher before you need it. Read the instructions carefully and practice using it in a safe area. That way, if a fire does break out on your caravanning holiday, you’ll be prepared and know exactly what to do.

Check out the different types of Fire Extinguishers for your motorhome or caravan here

Fire Blankets

As any experienced camper will tell you, a fire blanket is an essential piece of equipment for any caravan. A fire blanket is a sheet of fire-resistant material that can be used to smother a small fire or to wrap around someone who is on fire. Fire blankets are usually made of wool or fiberglass and are fitted with a handle so that they can be easily thrown over something or someone.

While most caravans come equipped with some kind of fire extinguisher, a fire blanket is a much better tool for dealing with small fires. Fire extinguishers can be difficult to use, and if not used properly, they can actually make a fire worse.

Fire blankets, on the other hand, are very easy to use and can quickly snuff out a small fire.


How to Use a Fire Blanket

If you have a fire in your caravan, the first thing you should do is try to contain it by closing all the doors and windows. If the fire is small and contained to one area, you can try to put it out with a wet towel or blanket. Only use water if the item burning is made of paper or cloth; if it’s an electrical appliance or something else that could be damaged by water, don’t use it!

If the fire is too large to put out with towels or blankets, or if it’s starting to spread, it’s time to pull out your fire blanket.

To use the blanket, simply grab it by the handles and throw it over the fire. Make sure that the entire fire is covered so that no oxygen can reach it. Once the fire is extinguished, leave the area immediately and call for help. Do not try to move anything that’s on fire; let the professionals deal with it.

Fire blankets are an essential piece of safety gear for any caravanner or RVer. By keeping one in your rig, you’ll be prepared for any emergency situation.

Smoke, Gas & CO2 Alarms

Did you know that there are different types of alarms, and that different types are better suited for different purposes?

LPG & Natural Gas Alert

The 12v gas detector sounds an alarm if the gas detected in the air from appliances or cylinder leaks are above 10% of the lowest explosion limit in the air.

Gas leaks are undetectable to us, so to not only ensure the safety of your motorhome and passengers, installing a gas detector will bring peace of mind when sleeping in your RV.

They are also required for insurance get yourself one.  These are 12v so they will need to be hardwired.

Photo Electric Smoke Alarms

Photoelectric smoke alarms are designed to detect slow-burning fires. These types of fires tend to smoulder for hours before they erupt into flames, and they often produce a lot of thick, black smoke. Photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting these kinds of fires than ionization smoke alarms.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarms respond faster to smoldering fires, such as those
ignited by cigarettes in upholstered furniture, bedding materials, and mattresses.


Ionization Smoke Alarms

Ionization smoke alarms are designed to detect fast-burning fires. These fires tend to erupt quickly and produce a lot of heat and light.

While ionization smoke alarms are not as good at detecting slow-burning fires, they are better at detecting fast-burning fires.

Ionization alarms respond faster
to flaming fires, such as those involving paper or flammable liquids


Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms detect the early presence of carbon monoxide emitted from gas sources such as heating and cooking systems, vehicle engines, fuels andblocked chimneys. CO alarms are intended to supplement conventional smoke alarms,ot replace them. A CO alarm is not a smoke alarm and, therefore, will not satisfy legal requirements regarding the installation of smoke alarms in the home.

First Aid Kit

Basic Supplies
Every first aid kit should have the basic supplies, such as bandages, gauze, medical tape, scissors, tweezers, and disposable gloves. You should also include over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, antacids, and antihistamines. And don’t forget the all-important first aid manual! This will come in handy if anyone in your party is not familiar with first aid procedures.

Personalized Items
In addition to the basics, you’ll also want to include items that are specific to your needs and those of your family or friends. For example, if you have young children with you, you’ll want to pack extra diapers and wipes. If someone in your party has a medical condition that requires medication, be sure to bring along enough for the entire trip. And don’t forget any items that will make you more comfortable, like lip balm or sunscreen.

A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential item for any caravan. By including both basic and personalized items, you can be prepared for anything that comes your way while on the road.

In addition to the above mentioned items, it’s also a good idea to have an emergency plan in place. This should include things like knowing how to turn off the gas and electricity, as well as having an evacuation route mapped out. By being prepared ahead of time, you can help to ensure that everyone remains safe in the event of a fire.

So there you have it, a few of the must-have fire safety accessories for your caravan. By being prepared and having these items on hand, you can help to keep your family safe in case of an emergency.

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