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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Caravan Fire Safety

16/08/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging caravan owners and holidaymakers staying in caravans to take extra care this summer.

"Even a relatively small fire involving a caravan can do a lot of damage. It doesn’t take long for what seems like a minor cooking fire for example to escalate."

Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele

The majority of caravan fires that the Service is called to are often caused by the same mistakes people make in the home – cooking left unattended and electrical items left plugged in.

Just recently crews from Penkridge and Cannock were called to a caravan fire near Pottal Pool which involved cooking that had caught fire on the hob.

Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele said: "Even a relatively small fire involving a caravan can do a lot of damage. It doesn’t take long for what seems like a minor cooking fire for example to escalate and before you know it, the whole caravan is engulfed in flames.

"We want to ensure that caravan owners are aware of potential fire risks and know what to do in the event of a fire. Caravans should have a working smoke alarm fitted the same as you would in your home and it needs to be tested frequently to check it works.

"Anyone who owns a caravan or will be holidaying in one this year can simply call 0800 0241 999 and we will come out to your property to carry out a free Home Risk Check where we can also address any concerns you may have about caravan safety."