Using electricity safely in caravans and tents

Do not undertake DIY electrical work on your caravan
Only a licensed electrician can perform electrical work on a caravan
Always use a licensed electrician

Connecting caravans to an electricity supply

The power point you connect your caravan to should be protected by a RCD device (safety switch).  This safety switch automatically disconnects the electricity supply if a fault is detected.

Caravans registered in Tasmania must display an Electrical Compliance Certificate sticker.

An electrical contractor must sign and date the certificate. This ensures the caravan's electrical installation has been inspected and tested.

Certificates are available from Consumer, Building and Occupational Services.

Using electricity extension leads in caravan parks and camping grounds

There are a number things you can do to safely use electricity extension leads when camping or in a caravan:

  • Extension leads should be one continuous length and rated at 15 amperes
  • Inspect leads regularly for any damage and replace when necessary
  • Always completely uncoil extension leads before plugging into a power point
  • Secure the extension lead to the tie bar at the caravan site electricity service pillar
  • Make sure the lead does not cross vehicle tracks or block access ways
  • Only connect one lead to each socket outlet at the electrical service pillar
  • Use a separate lead for each inlet socket on the van
  • Some on-site power points may not have safely switch protection for the outlets. We recommend you use a portable safety switch with an extension lead
  • Do not get an electricity supply from another tent occupied by someone else or situated on another site

Double adaptors or power boards must not be used to connect extension leads into the caravan park electrical service pillar

Using electrical equipment in tents

There are extra electrical hazards for campers using tents. The combined factors of electricity and damp areas, such as grass and canvas, can increase the risk of electrical shocks.

Make sure that electrical appliances are:

  • approved and
  • robust for the harsh conditions you may encounter while travelling and camping.

Before using electrical appliances always check:

  • the appliance has not been damaged since it was last used and
  • there are no signs of damage to the supply cord and plug.

Using light fittings in tents

Light fittings must be:

  • durable
  • insulated
  • protected against lamp breakages.

If you are connecting more than one appliance in a tent, use an approved power board.

Place the outlet box on a rigid support in a dry and protected position.

If possible, switch the power off at night or when electricity is not being used.

Electrical safety is everyone's responsibility

What should you do if you receive an electric shock?

If you receive an electric shock, stop using the electrical appliance and stay away from whatever gave you the shock.

Report all electric shocks immediately to TasNetworks on 13 2004

Minor shocks or tingles can be an indication of a larger problem which may eventually lead to electrocution.

Related information

Updated: 13 Sep 2022

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