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Travelling in your Goldstream? We have some tips for you that will help avoid the dangers of fires.

 

Of course, before starting your trip, performing maintenance and safety checks on your vehicle is an absolute must. In addition to inspecting your Goldstream’s brakes, wheels, safety chains, and other parts and components, ensuring that a fire extinguisher is on board and is in good working condition is important. Every Goldstream RV comes equipped with its own fire extinguisher - know where it is and how to use it.

 

Many caravans utilise liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel for cooking, heating, and refrigeration. While providing convenience and comfort on the road, LPG is highly flammable and exposes campers to fire risks. Having the right equipment and observing safety measures before and during your trip can minimise risk of caravan fire and ensure a pleasurable journey.

Checklist of Safety Equipment 

Every caravan or RV must have a fire extinguisher, fire blankets, and smoke alarms.

 

  • Fire extinguisher: Fire extinguishers must be tested before every trip and replaced every three years. A second extinguisher should also be kept in the tow vehicle, at accessible locations near the exits.

 

  • Fire blankets: Made of fire retardant materials, fire blankets can put out minor kitchen fires that are caused by burning oil and fat during cooking. These are also useful for non-caravanners!

 

  • Smoke alarms: Existing regulations require all caravans to have smoke alarms installed near sleeping areas. Like all safety equipment, smoke alarms must be tested regularly and before starting a trip.

Things to check before a trip

  • All gas cylinders, including regulators, are working well.

 

  • Valves of external cylinders are facing away from the van.

 

  • Pilot lights are switched off when the engine is running or before towing.

Preventing a caravan fire  

  • Be familiar with the caravan park’s emergency fire procedures, paying special attention to the location of hose reels, and other fire fighting equipment in the premises. Determine some safe spots where you can take refuge in case of fire.

 

  • Use a battery-operated radio to get updated weather reports and fire warnings in the locality you’re heading to, or at which you’ve arrived.

 

  • Avoid parking in areas with long grass, such as spinifex, and near other caravans.

 

  • Check state regulations before cooking with a gas stove inside your caravan.

 

  • Pay attention to cooking at all times.

 

  • Only use fire pits designated for camp fires or where none is provided. Light a campfire only in a clear and open area with a downwind.

 

  • Do not start a campfire when there is a total fire ban and always be aware of the weather and natural surroundings. Most National Parks won’t allow an open fire. Be sure to check with the Park Ranger if you’re not sure.

 

In case of fire, leave your caravan or RV immediately and call Triple Zero or the Emergency Channel of your UHF CB - typically Channel 5 or 35 are only to be used in an Emergency.


And most of all - avoid re-entering your caravan after a fire.

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