East Coast caravan owners urged to take fire safety seriously
CARAVANNERS and campers along the East Coast are being reminded to take fire safety seriously as the tourist season gets underway.
Due to Skegness' popularity when it comes to camping Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is informing people how to avoid a potentially fatal situation.
Fire protection officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Paul Howes said: "Skegness has the largest concentration of caravans per square mile in Europe and with more than 20,000 caravans being used for holidays, weekend breaks and as permanent residences in the area, it is no surprise that accidental fires happen.
"As a fire in a caravan or mobile home is nine times more likely to lead to death or injury than in a house it is important that people are aware on how to avoid being in such situations."
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If you are staying in a caravan this year, then take note of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue's top fire safety tips:
• Park vans at least six metres apart.
• Never use BBQs inside a caravan or awning.
• Ensure you have a working smoke alarm fitted.
• Never leave cooking appliances unattended.
• Don't leave children alone in caravans.
• Don't smoke in bed.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is encouraging all caravanners and campers to think P-A-T:
1. P: Phone: Know where the nearest phone point is.
2. A: Arrangements: Know what the fire safety arrangements are on the campsite.
3. T: Torch: Have a torch by the door.
For more information or advice on caravan fire safety contact Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue on 01754 898980.