Gas Safety in Caravans and Motorhomes
Modern caravans (touring and static caravans), motorhomes and lodges are all built to high quality standards, and are fitted out with domestic quality gas appliances.
All gas appliances must be installed in accordance with current gas safety requirements this is to comply with the law and to ensure minimal risk to you and your family. Annual gas safety inspections are not mandatory in the UK, however they are increasingly becoming a requirement for insurance.
Most parks now require that privately owned static caravans have an annual gas safety test. Typically a gas test will cost no more than £50 to £60 and a certificate will be issued providing the gas pipe work and appliances are considered to be in safe working order. In additions it is always important to ensure gas equipment and appliances are regularly serviced for piece of mind.
Accidents which have occurred as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning or asphyxiation are caused by a combination of circumstances, usually involving two or more of the following factors:
- Inadequate ventilation (permanent air inlets)
- Unsatisfactory flueing
- Poor appliance performance
- User interference
- Lack of servicing and routine maintenance
- Bad use and failure to follow user instructions
For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning visit:
Regular servicing can ensure your gas appliances are working safely and effectively. A service will typically include:
- A check for gas leaks and condition of pipework and hoses
- Ventilation check (air inlets are clear and adequate)
- Flue check (smoke spillage test)
- Checking safety devices are work correctly
- Appliances are safe to use
'GAS Safe' the new UK register for Gas Engineers
Servicing and other gas work should ONLY be carried out by a qualified gas engineer. The new government endorsed 'Gas SAFE' register allows you to check if an engineer is qualified to work on your gas appliances and pipework. All registered engineers should carry a card like the one opposite.
Please see GAS Safe Registered Installers for information and to find your nearest engineer.
Aside from a gas check it is also a good idea to install and (CO) Carbon Monoxide alarm, alarms can be purchased online below: