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Holiday Makers Urged to Take Caravan Safety Seriously

Holidaymakers are being urged to take caravan safety seriously over Christmas. 

Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said that with school holidays here, caravanners should take some simple steps before setting off on vacation.

“Plans for your caravan trip shouldn’t only include where you are going and the type of food to take. You should also consider fire safety,” Mr Dempsey said.

“On average, Queensland fire-fighters respond to more than one caravan fire every week so it’s essential to have a plan and the right fire safety equipment before hitting the road.

“Caravan owners need the right safety equipment, such as a photoelectric smoke alarm with a hush button, a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher, on board to survive a fire emergency.

“Check your smoke alarm is in good working order well before you travel.

Mr Dempsey said the majority of caravan fires in Queensland were started by cooking equipment.

“Treat your caravan kitchen just like your kitchen at home and never leave cooking unattended,” he said.  “Be extremely careful when cooking with oil and never use water to put out fat or oil fires. Water can spread the fire and cause serious injury.

“Don’t let your holiday go up in smoke this Christmas, be prepared and put fire safety first.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Acting Manager of Community Engagement Kevin Reading said caravans were often made from relatively combustible materials and could pose a greater fire risk than other types of dwelling.

“Whether you’re a camping in a caravan park or somewhere remote, fire safety is always critically important,” Mr Reading said.

“Make your trip fire safe by turning off gas cylinders while the caravan is being towed or campervan engine is on and before going to bed.

“If a fire does start, leave your caravan, stay outside and call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

“It’s not too late to take some simple steps now to ensure you and your family are safe when caravanning this school holidays.” 

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