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    6 Family Safety Tips When Staying on a Caravan Site

    motorhomes in a line at a caravan site

    Caravan holidays can be great fun for the whole family. Depending on the location of the site, there are a wide range of different activities to enjoy, from hiking and rock climbing to spending the day at the beach and sitting around a campfire during the cool summer evenings. But if you’re looking at staying in a caravan park, and are looking to bring your children along with you, then there are some things you should be aware of when taking your family caravanning this summer.

    1. Make sure all vehicles are secure

    You might be thinking that this doesn’t really fall under the element of safety, but making sure that all vehicles are secure will help to enhance, not only the safety of your own family, but others as well. This prevents vehicles from being broken into or even tampered with. There have been cases where vehicles, from cars and caravans to motorhomes and campervans, have been vandalised and parts taken without the knowledge of the owner. These thefts could render vehicles unworthy for road use, meaning they’ll pose a threat to the driver, their passengers and others in the vicinity. Making sure your vehicles are secure deters thieves from taking items either out of the car or out from underneath it.

    2. Keep all valuables out of sight

    Whether in the car or the caravan, make sure your valuables are stored away in drawers or cupboards. Some people get creative with where they hide their belongings, often choosing tea bag tins or biscuit jars. Alternatively, you could choose to simply leave those valuables at home in a safe place. Just as with vehicle thefts, burglars might damage your caravan to enter it, making it insecure and unsafe for you to reside in for the remainder of your holiday.

    3. Make sure you have alarms fitted

    Another method designed to deter thieves from targeting your vehicles and stealing your belongings, having an alarm fitted on or near the doors and windows of your caravan is a quick and simple way of keeping its contents secure. There are also alarms on the market that sound if it senses tampering, so even if someone is trying to prise the caravan door open, it’s likely that the alarm will go off before they have any chance of actually gaining access to your caravan.

    4. Don’t let children roam the park on their own

    If you’re bringing children with you on your caravan trip, make sure they’re always accompanied by an adult when roaming the site. They should never be allowed to explore the area on their own. Nor should they be allowed to go to communal shower areas by themselves. Make sure to supervise your children at all times, no matter the duration or how far they’re wanting to go.

    5. Be aware of hazards in the area

    Caravan sites have their own hazards that you should be aware of. They’ll differ somewhat from ones experienced at home or even in a hotel. Some of the hazards that you should be aware of when holidaying in a caravan park includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Open flames from campfire or barbeques
    • Electrical wires used to power generators, for example
    • Awnings
    • ground or surfaces
    • Gas canisters
    • Wildlife
    • Plantlife
    • Bodies of water
    • Makeshift playground equipment, such as swings tied with rope from a tree trunk

    6. Be aware of the risks & threats of carbon monoxide poisoning

    Carbon monoxide poisoning has always been considered a threat in caravan parks, although this is something that’s less common in this day and age, as we find alternative ways of powering and heating caravans. Despite that, it’s imperative that you’re aware of the risks and signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. The mild-to-severe symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are as follows:

    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Tiredness
    • Nausea
    • Confusion
    • Stomach pains
    • Shortness of breath
    • Vertigo
    • Breathlessness
    • High heart rate
    • Feeling as though they’re intoxicated
    • Seizures
    • Unconsciousness

    In order to reduce the likelihood carbon monoxide poisoning, you should:

    • Never take a barbeque into the caravan (or a tent) and do not place it under awnings and other coverings
    • Do not use fuel-burning methods of heating your caravan – they should only be used outdoors
    • You should never run a petrol, diesel or gas-powered generator inside the caravan
    • Never cook over a fire inside a caravan or under any covering
    • Always ensure your gas appliances are serviced yearly by a competent professional
    • Make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm present at all times, placed at a height

    Regal Furnishings are dedicated experts in the interior upholstery industry. They’re highly-skilled and fully-trained to breathe new life into the soft furnishings that adorn the inside of a variety of transportation options, including caravans, motorhomes, static caravans, boats, campervans and horseboxes. For more information about the upholstery services we have on offer, get in touch with a member of our professional team today – we’re always pleased to hear from you.

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    • We called in to get the sofa back/bed base infill on our Pulsar made thicker. I just wanted to let you know that we slept in the camper last night and the bed is now really comfortable.
      I can't believe we've spent over 300 nights over two and a half years building the middle of the bed up with blankets and even an inflatable camping mat!
      I don't know why we didn't think of coming to you sooner.....well worth the trip. As previously, the service from all your staff was excellent and Brett did a perfect job for us.
      We can leave the camping mat and blankets at home now, and Vince can make the bed up in half the time with none of the palaver! - Moira Stroud

      Ms Stroud

    • Hi, Just wanted to say how pleased we are with our motorhome carpets 😊 nice to deal with a “ can do” company for once!
      Reasonable cost and a very good job, so thanks again - Mrs D Stainsby

      Mrs Stainsby

    • Rose and myself, would like to thank everyone at Regal Furnishing for doing such a professional job on our Auto Trail Tracker.
      Thanks again.
      Always keep smiling God bless all - Rose and Ken Taylor

      Mr & Mrs Taylor

    • Hi Just to thank you and let you know that we have now had a couple of weeks away in our caravan (Abbey Dorset 2000) and found the new cushions to be extremely comfortable seats and as a bed sleeping was sound.
      Still can't believe it was done in less than a day.
      The service was excellent. Would not hesitate to recommend you.
      Thanks to all once again.
      James Thomson

      Mr Thomson

    • What a marvellous job you have done reupholstering our Caravan cushions. We are extremely pleased with the result.
      Best wishes
      John & Joyce Welsh

      Mr & Mrs Welsh

    • Thank you so much for the brilliant job you have done, we are so pleased. It has been a pleasure to have done business with such lovely people, thankyou once again.
      Merry Christmas & Best Wishes

    • Hi,
      I had my camper (Mercedes Sprinter) upholstery done by you guys ! I found the whole experience fantastic, Mick help us choosing material and gave us much needed advise, all the workers were friendly and polite, office staff were also helpful, friendly and very efficient.
      I would highly recommend Regal Furnishing Ltd !!!

      Thank you very much, keep up the good work. (not many companys left like yours!)
      John Morrison

      Mr Morrison

    • Top quality service, top quality staff who are very helpful, even supplied and covered a cushion we never knew was part of the furnishings, the whole experience was brilliant from start to finish, 5 stars, well done Mick and his team - Mr Brazier

      Mr Brazier

    • REGAL FURNISHING. WOW!!, WOW!! Great service, we came to look at the vast range of fabrics for our Eura Mobil 810 for a full re-upholstery, very hard to choose as there are so many, we took our time and we were left to choose. We finally decided on a fabric refit. After making our choice we booked in for the refit, being very popular there is a short wait, we did not mind, because getting a great job was the most important.
      However when we got home, and after looking at some of the refits in leather, we turned up to see Mick again, saying "we had changed our minds" and then decided to go for the full leather refit.
      Nothing was a problem for Mick and his excellent team, he went through every stage of the work to be carried out, making special notes of things we wanted, and the things we did not.
      Our van is quite large and we left it at Regal Furnishings in the very secure compound.
      The work was carried out in a very timely manner, and ready for us to collect on the given time and date.
      The surprising thing for us apart from the excellent job of work, was Mick's attention to detail, and actually getting the job done to a very tight budget .
      There are plenty of upholsterers out there, but one that specialises in motor homes, that has secure parking for overnight stops if needed, are few and far between!
      The reviews for regal are exemplary and we had no doubt who would be doing our refit.
      Mick had even matched the curtains and the overhead cab bed.
      We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Regal Upholstery to our family and friends - David Bosworth

      Mr Bosworth

    • Not long returned having had my Motorhome interior updated. Curtains, Trims, Foam the lot. On the day I arrived there had been a scare for one of the teams family, they had been called away as you would understand. The result was they were short handed! The difference......nothing. The team across the operation simply pulled together and provided a fantastic service. Albeit they probably felt the pressure!
      The complete process was perfect, nice people, nice job, and the weather was nice too. I’ll go back as and when required. Many thanks - W D

      W D

    • Had our upholstery and curtains replaced yesterday. Our 11 year old Apache Autotrail now looks as good as new. Mick and the team at Regal are amazing. Their attention to detail is phenomenal and they are a really friendly group of people. We shall be recommending them to everyone - Beverley Porrett

      Ms Porrett

    • Excellent friendly service. We only had a small job done, a padded end panel for our motorhome. Not only was the cost so reasonable they did a fabulous job and although it was a low cost job we received impeccable service by Mick. Thank you so much for the lovely job you did for us 😊 - Bridget Bales

      Ms Bales

    • Excellent lovely job many thanks to the team - Kim Gough

      Ms Gough

    • Excellent happy management and employees - Sylvia Williams

      Ms Williams

    • The best in the country. Service is fantastic and quick. Good selection of materials to choose from professional advice and always happy smiling staff - Katarzyna Thorp

      Ms Thorp

    • I'm absolutely blown away by the service and quality of the work that mick and his team carried out on my Hamish, I'm delighted from start to finish his team are friendly and do a great job. Thank you - Mark Kingston

      Mr Kingston

    • Second time we have had work done here and can't fault them. Looked after by good staff and the best workmanship. Thank you - Jane Buxton

      Ms Buxton

    • Had our caravan refurbished including a double bed and curtains with tie backs and what a fantastic job Mick and the whole team have made.
      It has made our 14 year old caravan better than when it was brand new!
      Great choice of fabric and foam - Could have leather in choice of colours too.
      Got a few quotes from other companies but Regal furnishings are by far the best - Jane Hutch

      Ms Hutch

    • Workmanship first rate. So pleased with the results. Would recommend them - Sheila Mclean

      Ms Mclean

    • Brilliant service. Quality work really good to deal with - Mr Todd

      Mr Todd