Ultimate Holiday Park Fire Safety

With the main holiday season fast approaching, all holiday companies need to make sure they are legally compliant when it comes to fire safety, so if in the unfortunate event that a fire was to break out, you can be fully prepared and ready.

It is a legal requirement for all organisations to provide firefighting equipment for their staff members. So let’s take a look at the legislation you need to adhere to.

The Model Standards

The following legislation extends to caravan park owners and is taken from the Model Standards.

17. Requirement to Comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The site owner must make available the latest version of the fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for inspection by residents, and when demanded, a copy of the risk assessment must be made available to the local authority.

Fire Points

(ii) These must be located so that no caravan or site building is more than 30 metres from a fire point. Equipment provided at a fire point must be housed in a weather-proof structure, easily accessible and clearly and conspicuously marked “FIRE POINT”.

Fire Fighting Equipment

(iii) Where water standpipes are provided;

(a) The water supply must be of sufficient pressure to project a jet of water no less than 5 metres from the nozzle;

(b) There must be a reel that complies with the current British or European Standard, with a hose no less than 35 metres long, having a means of connection to a water standpipe (preferably a screw thread connection) with a water supply of sufficient pressure and terminating in a small hand nozzle.

(c) Hoses must be housed in a red box and marked “HOSE REEL”.

(iv) Where hydrants are provided, hydrants must conform to the current British or European Standard.

(v) Access to hydrants and other water supplies must not be obstructed or obscured.

(vi) Where standpipes are not provided or the water pressure or flow is not sufficient, each fire point must be provided with water extinguishers (2 x 9 litres) which comply with the current British or European Standard.

Fire Warning

(vii) A suitable means of raising the alarm in the event of a fire must be provided at each fire point.

Maintenance and Testing of Fire Fighting Equipment

(viii) All alarm and fire fighting equipment must be installed, tested and maintained in working order by persons who are qualified in the particular type of work being undertaken and be available for inspection by, or on behalf of, the licensing authority or the Fire and Rescue Authority.

(ix) A record must be kept of all testing and remedial action taken.

(x) All equipment susceptible to damage by frost must be suitably protected.

Fire Notices

(xi) A clearly written and conspicuous notice must be provided and maintained at each fire point to indicate the action to be taken in case of fire. This notice should include the following;

“On discovering a fire:

I. Ensure the caravan or site building involved is evacuated.

II. Raise the alarm.

III. Call the fire brigade (the nearest phone is sited at ……..).”

So now you know exactly what to do in order to prepare your site, staff and guests in the event of a fire.

For more information on how you can protect your holiday camp or business from the perils of fire, please contact Cheshire Fire today and we can talk you through out fire safety training, outdoor fire protection and fire risk assessments.