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Camp safely

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.

  • 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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