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Camp Safely

Last updated  21 May 2018

When you are going camping, follow these basic precautions to reduce the risk of any fires you may light getting out of control and spreading.

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  • Never use candles in or near a tent – torches are safer;
  • Before you set off, get the contact details of the local fire and rescue service;
  • Set up tents at least six metres apart and away from parked cars;
  • Make sure you know what the fire arrangements on the camp site are and where the nearest telephone is;
  • Don’t smoke inside a tent;
  • Place your cooking area well away from the tent;
  • Keep your cooking area clear of trees, shrubs, long dry grass or any other items that catch fire easily;
  • Put cooking appliances in a place where they can’t easily be knocked over;
  • Keep matches, lighters, flammable liquids and gas cylinders out of the reach of children;
  • Never leave a lit BBQ unattended or while sleeping;
  • Never use a BBQ, even a small tray one, inside a tent as it will give off poisonous CO gas which has no smell;
  • Have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of your tent if there is a fire.

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