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Holiday safety

Holiday time should be a time of relaxation and fun whether you’re on holiday in the UK or abroad.

Before you go away make sure your house is fire safe

  • Switch off and unplug all electrical appliances that will not be used whilst you are on holiday.
  • Make sure all gas appliances are turned off, empty all rubbish bins and ashtrays.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms work and close all internal doors before you leave the house. If there’s a fire whilst you are away the smoke alarm may alert a neighbour or passer by, closing the doors will stop the fire from spreading causing less damage.
  • Remember to turn off the water at the mains and let a relative, friend or neighbour know that you are going away, if possible leave a key with them.

Before you start your journey

The beginning and the end of a holiday can often mean a long journey to and from the airport or your accommodation.

  • ACT check your the Air pressure, Condition and Tread for your tyres. Top up your windscreen washer and oil levels before driving on a long trip.
  • Plan your route and schedule in regular stops, at least every two hours and if possible share the driving on long journeys.
  • Take your time getting to your destination, make sure you leave in plenty of time so that you don’t have to rush, stay relaxed on your journey and don’t speed.
  • If you are driving to and from and airport take extra care as you may be driving early in the morning or very late at night when you would normally be asleep.
    • Consider staying at the airport, catching the bus or booking a taxi if you have an early flight or late return.
    • Take a break and have a coffee before driving home after your return flight. If you have a long drive make sure you take regular breaks.
  • Don’t forget to take plenty of water and any medication with you in your vehicle. You never know if you’ll get stuck in traffic!
  • Taking your pet away with you? Please don't leave them alone in your vehicle. Dogs can die in hot cars.

Going caravanning or camping this summer?

  • Before setting off ACT and check your tyres air pressure, Condition and Tread.  Watch out for the signs of perishing. There may still be plenty of tread still left on the tyres but perished tyres are still unsafe due to the increased risk of a tyre blow out or rapid loss of air in the tyres. Want to know what to look for? Visit the caravan page on TyreSafe.org
  • Park caravans or tents at least 6 metres apart and away from parked cars.
  • Make sure you know what the fire arrangements on the camp site are and where the nearest telephone is.
  • Never smoke in bed and if you are camping never smoke inside your tent.
  • If you are caravanning don’t leave cooking unattended and never use your cooker whilst your caravan is moving.
  • If you are camping make sure your cooking area is well away from your tent and that your cooking area is clear of items that can catch fire easily, including long dry grass.
  • Don’t build an open fire, use a barbecue or gas stove instead.

Barbecue on holiday

  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
  • Remember to light your charcoal an hour before you commence cooking.
  • Use only barbecue fire lighters or starter fuel on cold coals.
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or re-ignite your barbecue.
  • Don’t leave the barbecue unattended.
  • After you have finished cooking, extinguish the burning coals. Leave for a period of time and then check that the fire is completely out.
  • Never place a barbecue in your tent, awning or caravan.
    • A warm, smouldering barbecue gives off plenty of poisonous carbon monoxide.
    • In an enclosed space it can build up to dangerous levels very quickly.
    • You can’t see, feel or smell carbon monoxide but it can be fatal if you breathe it in.

Whether you are abroad or in the UK

  • Take a moment to familiarise yourself with the fire instructions for your accommodation or campsite.

Swimming in open water

  • When swimming in open water you may be putting yourself in danger as you could get into difficulty, even if you are a strong swimmer.
  • Open water can be cold, have hidden currents and sudden depth changes.
  • We strongly recommend that you only swim in supervised locations where there are likely to be lifeguards present.

Take a few minutes to ‘think safe’ whilst you are on holiday so that you only return with pleasant memories.