Caravan & Vehicle Fire Safety Requirements


Any mobile vehicle with an engine can be at risk of fire. The engine itself has combustible components that if left unchecked can spontaneously ignite and cause a devastating fire. Even electrical vehicles are at risk of fire because of the potential for frayed wires or batteries that leak or catch fire.

Operators of automobiles, trucks and caravans should all be prepared to address a fire if it occurs. Prevention is very important so proper care of the vehicle should be a top priority. Also certain caravan fire safety precautions should be in place to reduce the risk of fire or to quickly eliminate a fire if one occurs.

Caravan Fire Safety Australia

Some key points when evaluating vehicle and caravan fire safety include:

  • Regular passenger vehicles in urban areas should have one extinguisher rated 2A or 20B, which vehicles outside of urban areas should have at least two extinguishers. The 2A or 20B class fire extinguisher should be fitted with a hose in order to access difficult areas of the vehicle
  • Panel vans, utility vehicles and larger passenger vehicles should have at least one fire extinguisher with either a 1A or 5B class rating Caravans with a single compartment can have one extinguisher with a 1A or 5B rating while multi-compartment caravans should have at least 2 extinguishers rated 1A or 5B
  • Caravans with cooking areas should include an additional fire extinguisher that is to be exclusively used in the cook area
  • Fire extinguishers should be secured with a bracket that can withstand the typical vibrations and movement of the vehicle
  • Commercial vehicles may be subject to additional requirements depending on the type and purpose of the vehicle along with its cargo Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are strongly recommended for those who stay in caravans
  • Any combustible items such as matches, fuel, lighters or other items should be stowed safely and away from children
  • Fire extinguishers should be mounted near the driver’s seat for quick access and if a second extinguisher is installed it should be in the rear storage area
  • Never cook or use a heater while the vehicle or caravan is moving
  • Gas cylinders or tanks should be stored outside the caravan to avoid fumes or ignition inside the vehicle
  • Do not park over items that could be flammable such as dry grass or rubbish
  • Dispose of rubbish using proper safety precautions

If you discover that your vehicle is on fire, do the following: 

  1. Stop the vehicle by pulling over safely but as quickly as possible – stop the vehicle off of the roadway so it is away from other traffic 
  2. Turn off the engine as soon as the vehicle is stopped
  3. Evacuate from the vehicle immediately and make sure everyone is accounted for
  4. Move at least 33 meters away from the vehicle to avoid burns, heat, or explosions
  5. Call the emergency authorities immediately
  6. Do not attempt to return to the vehicle until authorities have verified it is safe
Fire Safe Services can provide valuable information on the proper caravan fire extinguishers for your vehicle or caravan. Fire Safe Services also provide fire safety services and fire safety maintenance services in South Australia. Contact us today for a free no obligation quote.

Fire Extinguisher Requirements