This website works best using cookies which are currently blocked. Allow cookies? Allow More info

Listen to this page

Text size A A A Accessibility

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.

Back to news

Breaking news Rss
  • Sat 21 Jul
    Incident Summary Night Shift Friday 20th July 2018
  • Fri 20 Jul
    Incident Summary Friday 20th July Day Shift
  • Fri 20 Jul
    Incident Summary Night Shift Thursday 19th July 2018
Wholetime firefighter recruitment
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have no immediate plans Read more
Retained (On Call) firefighter recruitment
What is a retained (on call) firefighter? Retained (on call) firefighters are Read more