Caravans & Camping
A fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds, and on average 1,400 fires per year occur in caravans. Follow this advice for a safe caravan or camping holiday:
- Ensure caravans and tents are at least six metres apart and away from parked cars, 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 check where the nearest telephone is.
Staying in a tent
- Keep cooking appliances away from the tent walls as they could easily set alight.
- Never cook inside a small tent.
- Don’t cook near flammable materials or long grass.
- Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there is a fire.
- Ensure everyone knows how to put out clothing that’s on fire – stop, drop and roll.
- Don’t smoke inside your tent.
Staying in a caravan
- Fit and test a smoke alarm in your caravan – optical alarms are usually most effective.
- Take special care when cooking – don’t leave pans unattended.
- Turn off all appliances before you go out or go to bed.
- Use ashtrays made of a material that can’t burn – and never smoke in bed.
- Don’t dry clothes over the stove.
- Remove any litter and rubbish near the caravan to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
- Make sure the caravan is ventilated and never block air vents, to avoid a build up of poisonous gases.
- Consider keeping a fire extinguisher by the entrance, but always read the instructions before using it.
Using gas cylinders
- Don’t use petrol or paraffin to light a solid fuel stove.
- Keep flammable liquids (such as petrol and gas cylinders) outside and away from children.
- Only change gas cylinders when they’re completely empty and store them away from caravans and vehicles.
- Make sure the gas pipe connection is secure. If you suspect a leak, turn off the main cylinder valve.
What to do if there is a fire
- Keep calm and get everyone out as quickly as you can.
- Call the Fire & Rescue Service and give the exact location. Give a map reference if possible, or name a landmark such as a farm or pub.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, highly poisonous gas that can kill in minutes. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be caused by ANY fuel that burns or smoulders.
Watch out for the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. These include;
- Mild headache
If you're going camping follow these tips;
- Make sure your camping light and stove are clean and properly adjusted.
- Never take a portable barbecue – or lit charcoal – into an enclosed space like a tent or caravan.
- Make sure exhaust gases from generators are properly vented away from occupied areas.
- Consider buying a Carbon Monoxide alarm and taking it with you on holiday.