Camping and caravanning safety

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 campsite's fire safety arrangements and check where the nearest telephone is.

Staying in a tent

  • Never use candles in or near a tent - torches are safer.
  • 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, they can set alight easily.
  • Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there is a fire.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to put out clothing that's on fire - Stop, Drop and Roll.
  • Don't smoke inside tents.

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 to bed.
  • Make sure ashstrays are 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 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service. Give your exact location, map reference, and if possible, a landmark such as a farm or a pub.