Will your campfire keep you safe and warm at Glastonbury?

Disposable barbecue smoking

Barbecues can kill even after they have gone out!

As thousands of revellers head to Glastonbury Festival this weekend, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is reminding them to take care when camping at the festival.

Firefighters are warning revellers that carbon monoxide from disposable BBQs, a badly adjusted camping light or stove can kill.

In the past two years eight men, women and children - one as young as six - have died as a result of charcoal barbecues being taken into tents, caravans, vehicles and buildings to be used for cooking, keeping warm or simply to keep camp sites tidy.

Keep barbecues out of your tent

AF&RS Community Safety Station Manager, John Rides, said: “We know that hundreds of people from this area will be camping out at the Glastonbury Festival and we want to ensure they are safe.

“Carbon monoxide 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.

“It may be very tempting to take a disposable BBQ into the tent for warmth, but as well as giving you a headache, making you feel nauseous, dizzy and drowsy, the fumes can kill.”

Safety tips

  • Never take a BBQ into a tent, awning, caravan or motorhome.
  • Never use a fuel-burning appliance to heat your tent or awning. Gas and kerosene heaters – unless they are permanently fitted in a caravan or motorhome – should only be used outside.
  • Never run a gas, petrol or diesel-powered generator inside a caravan, motorhome, tent or awning.
  • Don’t cook inside your tent or awning, unless there’s an area specifically designed for this purpose and you’re sure there is adequate ventilation.
  • Don’t use any other gas, charcoal or liquid fuel appliances inside a tent or awning. Gas-powered fridges and lamps, for example, also need plenty of ventilation to prevent them producing poisonous carbon monoxide.
  • Don’t rely on a carbon monoxide (CO) detector to keep you safe in a tent or awning. They may be useful at home, in a caravan or in a motorhome, but they are not designed for the conditions found in a tent or awning.
  • Always have gas appliances you take camping or in your caravan or motorhome serviced regularly.

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