Caravan & Camping Safety

We want you to be safe whether you are at home, on the roads or out enjoying the countryside. If you are heading off to camp or staying in or live in a caravan/mobile home it is important to think about possible fire risks in these surroundings.

 Follow our simple tips to stay safe:

  • Caravans/tents should be at least 6 metres apart and away from vehicles
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use lighted candles.
  • Know the site’s fire safety arrangements – make sure all of your group are aware
  • Fit a smoke alarm in your caravan– optical alarms are usually most effective and test it
  • Stand by your pan– never leave cooking unattended and don’t cook inside tents
  • Remove rubbish – dispose of it properly, and keep the area near your tent/caravan clear
  • Turn if off – all appliances before you go out or go to bed
  • Make sure ashtrays are made of a material that won’t burn– and never smoke in bed
  • Don’t dry clothes over a stove
  • Keep cooking appliances away from the walls, flammable materials and long grass
  • Make sure you can escape by cutting your way out of the tent in the event of fire
  • Stop, drop and roll – know how to put out burning clothing
  • Don’t smoke inside your tent
  • Don’t use fuel-burning appliances as a form of heating

Using gas cylinders

  • Keep flammable liquids e.g. petrol and gas cylinders outside and away from children
  • Make sure gas cylinders are completely empty before changing
  • Store gas cylinders away from caravan/tent and other vehicles
  • Check 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

Always remember in the event of fire GET OUT, STAY OUT & CALL 999. Give the call operator your exact location – a map reference if possible or a landmark e.g. farm or pub name.