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The tragic news of the death of an elderly couple and their daughter who died in their static caravan from suspected carbon-monoxide poisoning, highlights the need for vigilance when it comes to motorhome and caravan safety.

We regularly blog about the importance of making sure your tyres are in good condition, but of course motorhome and caravan safety checks extend beyond inspecting your tyres.

Now we have found a website which offers comprehensive advice about motorhome and caravan safety. With around nine people a year killed by fire in mobile homes, it offers valuable advice to keep you and your loved ones safe.

It recommends fitting a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector and offers guidance about gas cylinders and cooking safely.

Of course, making sure your tyres are safe and legal is also a vitally important part of ensuring motorhome and caravan safety. The legal minimum level of tread is 1.6mm, however for caravans it is more advisable to consider replacing tyres before they fall below 2mm or if they are over 5 years.

Also, regularly check the condition and pressure of your motorhome and caravan tyres to minimise the risk of blow-outs or flat tyres.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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