Brigade issues camping and caravan advice

Mark Ashton of Ashfield Caravan Park, Dalton Piercy (extreme left) is pictured with Cleveland firefighters (from l-r) Darren Brookes, Michael Taylor, Watch Manager Andy Robinson and John Piggford.

Mark Ashton of Ashfield Caravan Park, Dalton Piercy (extreme left) is pictured with Cleveland firefighters (from l-r) Darren Brookes, Michael Taylor, Watch Manager Andy Robinson and John Piggford.

CLEVELAND Fire Brigade is urging campers and caravanners to follow some simple tips to stay safe this summer.

The advice comes as firefighters are paying visits to camping and caravan sites throughout the Cleveland area to get over key safety messages.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Every year there are serious injuries and even fatalities on camping and caravan sites in the UK, but if people followed some simple tips and advice things could be so much different.

“Clearly, at this time of the year, particularly with the long, hot summer, many people will be encouraged to camp and have caravan holidays, but we want to make sure that their holiday is remembered for years to come for the right reasons.”

“Being safe in the countryside means taking a few extra precautions and we would urge people not only to be careful ensuring cigarettes are properly extinguished but also not to leave plastic or glass bottles around where the sun’s rays can easily start a fire in grass or dry vegetation.”

Our top tips for people camping in tents include:

  • Keep a torch handy – never use lighted candles
  • Never cook inside your tent – this is a serious fire hazard and you risk suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Don’t take barbecues into your tent – even when cooled down they can give off enough carbon monoxide to kill
  • Never rely on a carbon monoxide detector to keep you safe – although useful at home, they are not designed for tents or awnings.

Tips for caravanners include:

  • Fit a smoke alarm in your caravan – and test it weekly
  • Turn off all appliances before you go to bed
  • Don’t dry clothes over a stove
  • Remove any rubbish near your caravan – this will reduce the risk of fire spreading.

Mr Lancaster added: “To help get our safety messages across, we will be visiting camping and caravan sites across the Cleveland area during the summer. Fire prevention is a major part of the Brigade’s work and we cannot underestimate how important this is.”

For further safety information on camping and caravan safety visit our website www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/camping  or www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/caravan. You can also join us on Facebook (/clevelandfb) or Twitter (@clevelandfb).