The holiday season is nearly upon us and staying safe whilst on holiday is a top priority for everyone – both holiday park and motor home or caravan owners.  In addition to all other safety members, keeping fire safe should be top of the list for all involved.   To ensure your holiday park or your holiday home is safe from the risk of fire, the team at Hartson Fire has come up with these guidelines to keep you, your staff, your visitors and your families safe whilst enjoying the summer sunshine.

Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Park Owners

When it comes to fire safety in holiday parks, having the right fire extinguishers is crucial. The type and number of fire extinguishers needed will depend on a variety of factors, such as the size of the park, the number of buildings, and the types of activities and amenities offered.

Here are some things to consider when selecting fire extinguishers for your holiday park:

  • Fire risk assessment: Conduct a fire risk assessment to identify the types of fires that are most likely to occur in your park. This will help you determine the types of fire extinguishers needed.
  • Types of fire extinguishers: There are several types of fire extinguishers available, including water, foam, powder, and CO2. Each type is designed to extinguish different types of fires, so it's important to choose the right type for your park. Click here to view our comprehensive table which shows which extinguishers are needed for different types of fires.
  • Placement: Fire extinguishers should be placed in easily accessible locations throughout the park, including in each building, near cooking facilities, and in areas where fires are most likely to occur. If extinguishers are housed outside, it’s a good idea to keep them protected from the risk of tampering and vandalism in a cabinet or a box.
  • Training: Make sure that all staff members are trained on how to properly use a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency.
  • Maintenance: Fire extinguishers should be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure that they are in good working condition. They should also be serviced at least one a year by a fully qualified engineer.
  • Compliance: Ensure that all fire extinguishers meet the relevant safety standards and regulations.

Fire Safety Tips for Motor Home Owners

Fire safety is also a crucial consideration for anyone who owns or travels in a motorhome or caravan. Again, having the right type of fire extinguisher can make all the difference in the event of a fire.

Importantly, there are different types of fire extinguishers designed to extinguish different types of fires. For motorhomes, it's recommended to have at least one multi-purpose ABC dry chemical extinguisher, which can extinguish fires caused by flammable liquids, gases, and electrical equipment. 

These extinguishers need to be small enough to store in your motorhome, but large enough to put out a fire. An ABC dry powder extinguisher is typically a good choice for a motorhome or caravan. Make sure that everyone who travels in the motorhome knows where the fire extinguishers are located and how to use them in case of an emergency.

Your fire extinguishers should be easily accessible and placed in areas of the vehicle where fires are most likely to occur, such as the kitchen or electrical panel.  You should  inspect and maintain your fire extinguishers annually to ensure they are in good working condition. Check the pressure gauge, make sure the safety pin is intact, and shake the extinguisher to prevent the dry chemical powder from settling. As for commercial extinguishers, your motor home extinguisher should also be serviced annually by a professional engineer.

Extinguishers from Hartson Fire

Overall, fire safety is a critical aspect of any holiday park or motor home, and having the right fire extinguishers in place is an important part of that.   Hartson Fire can supply a full range of fire extinguishers for all locations and occasions (see full range here) plus our engineers are able to carry out annual servicing of your equipment.  To find out more click here or call us today on the number below: