Fire safety for gypsy and travellers

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer fire safety advice and tips to gypsy and traveller community.

If you live in a caravan or trailer remember to follow basic fire safety precautions:

  • Fit a smoke detector in your caravan

  • Find out about firefighting arrangements on the site

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children

  • Take care when cooking - don't leave fat pans unattended

  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies - don't use a lit candle

  • If you smoke, use suitable metal ashtrays - never smoke in bed

  • Before going to bed or leaving the caravan, turn off all appliances

  • Keep the caravan ventilated and don't block up air vents - it could be fatal

  • Get a registered Corgi gas fitter to fit and regularly service any gas appliances

  • Fit smoke alarms with a hush button. Check them once a week, clean them once a month and change them once a year

  • Buy a Carbon Monoxide alarm from the DIY store

  • Check all gas fittings. Use arrester values on gas bottles and make sure your home is adequately ventilated

Carry out your own home safety check

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

Do the online home safety check

Book a safe and well visit

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.

Book a home safety visit for over 65’s