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Stay Safe This Summer

18th July 2013

Fire safety doesn't stop when you leave the house,  follow these tips to stay safe whilst you're outside.

In the countryside

  • Avoid open fires in the countryside
  • Put cigarettes and other smoking materials out properly before you leave your vehicle
  • Don't leave bottles or glass in woodlands, sunlight shining through glass can start a fire
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of a car window, they could start a fire
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately.


  • Follow the instructions provided with the barbecue, and never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Never use a barbecue indoors.
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs and garden waste.
  • Make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it.
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start/revive your barbecue
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they're hot they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.

Gas Barbecues

  • Never store gas cylinders under the stairs, if there is a fire they might explode and block your escape route.
  • Store gas cylinders outside away from direct sunlight.
  • Take care when turning bottled gas barbecues on and off.
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbecue control. This will stop any gas from leaking.
  • If you suspect a leak, turn off the gas cylinder and try brushing soapy water around all joints, watching for bubbles.
  • Change gas cylinders outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

Camping and Caravanning

  • 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 campsites fire safety arrangements.
  • Keep cooking appliances away from tent walls as they could easily set alight.
  • Fit and test a smoke alarm in your caravan, optical alarms are usually most effective.
  • Turn off all appliances before you go out or bed.
  • Don't dry clothes over a stove.
  • Don't smoke inside tents.
  • Consider keeping a fire extinguisher by the entrance, but always read the instructions before using it.

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