Camping and Caravans
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
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 or fire unattended or while sleeping
- Never use a BBQ, even a small tray one, inside a tent as it will give off poisonous carbon monoxide gas which has no smell
Install a working smoke alarm your caravan
- Ensure caravans and tents are 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.
Inside the caravan:
- If you smoke, use metal ashtrays – and never smoke in bed;
- Don’t leave children alone inside a mobile home;
- Don’t block air vents – if any leaking gas builds up you may fall unconscious and be unable to escape;
- Turn off all appliances before you leave the caravan or go to bed;
- Never use a cooker or heater whilst your caravan is moving
- Never use a BBQ inside your caravan, it gives off poisonous carbon monoxide gas that is undetectable.
If there's a fire in your caravan:
- Get everyone out straight away;
- Call the fire and rescue service and give your location with a map reference, if possible, or provide a nearby landmark, like a farm.