Carbon Monoxide Alarm Campaign for Caravan Owners
This page contains advice about buying a CO Alarm and
resources for caravan and mobile home owners.
Even those who are aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Poisoning in the home may forget the dangers this silent deadly
killer can create in a caravan or mobile home.
Carbon Monoxide is an odourless, invisible, deadly gas which
can be produced by badly serviced appliances, such as stoves,
cookers, generators and camping burners. In fact the gas can be
produced by anything that burns carbon based fuels, for example
gas, petrol, oil, diesel or wood.
The key advice to caravan and mobile home owners is broadly
similar to that for homeowners: first of all buy and fit a
Carbon Monoxide Alarm, or CO Alarm. The best for a caravan an
inexpensive, portable battery operated audible alarm.
We all probably remember to service our car, but do we remember
to service all the appliances we use inside our caravan or
mobile home, like the cookers or generators? Gas appliances
will have been sold as new to accord with safety standards.
They should be maintained by competent engineers, certified by
a recognised body. So remember, in addition to buying an
audible Carbon Monoxide Alarm, service your appliances.
Next, remember not to block the ventilation to your appliances.
This is especially true if you in a caravan and you are cold.
Do not be tempted to cover ventilation for cookers which serves
an important purpose.
If you do have a caravan with a stove and chimney, make sure
this is kept clear of debris as well.
If your car engine is running nearby (or the engine in your RV
or mobile home) is running, its exhaust fumes will contain
Carbon Monoxide. You should ensure that your exhaust is in good
order and that exhaust fumes are not inadvertently seeping into
The greatest danger may be when you are asleep and have shut
all the windows, especially if you have left a gas or oil
appliance running to keep warm. An audible Carbon Monoxide
Alarm will ensure you are woken if you are in any danger and
may save your life. Do not be a victim of the silent killer on
If in doubt you should take expert advice or seek emergency
Do Not become a Victim
of the Silent Killer!
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