Camping Safety

Did you know a fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds?

If you are heading somewhere to stay in your tent, it is important to think about possible fire risks in your new surroundings.

Always remember that if you do have a fire GET OUT, STAY OUT & CALL 999. Give the call operator your exact location – a map reference if possible or a landmark eg farm or pub name

Follow our simple tips to stay safe and enjoy your trip:

  • Ensure tents are at least six metres apart and away from vehicles to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use lighted candles.
  • Make sure you know the campsite’s fire safety arrangements and also where the nearest telephone is.
  • Remove any rubbish near your tent – this will reduce the risk of fire spreading.
  • Never cook inside your tent – this is a serious fire hazard & you risk suffering 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 tent or awning conditions.
  • Keep cooking appliances away from the walls – flammable material and long grass – they can easily set alight.
  • Make sure you can escape by cutting your way out of the tent in the event of fire.
  • Know how to put out burning clothing – stop, drop & roll.
  • Don’t smoke inside your tent.
  • Don’t use fuel-burning appliances as a form of heating. Barbecues and stoves are not designed for heating badly ventilated spaces.

Using gas cylinders

  • Keep flammable liquids eg petrol and gas cylinders outside and away from children.
  • Make sure gas cylinders are completely empty before changing and store them away from caravans and vehicles.
  • Check the gas pipe connection is secure. If you suspect a leak, turn off the main cylinder valve.
  • Don’t use petrol or paraffin to light a solid fuel stove.

Click here for more information  on camping and carbon monoxide