SAFETY TIPS - FIRES AND BARBECUESStoves, barbecues, campfires… although fun and key to the camping experience their flames and heat sources are hazardous and should be treated with respect.
On the site
On well-organised sites, pitches will probably be marked out or campers advised on maintaining a safe distance between tents but pitching can be something of a free-for-all. If you’re told to ‘squeeze in between those tents’ maybe you should look for another site. Read and follow the site’s fire regulations and know where fire-fighting equipment and alarm are located, plus where to find the nearest phone if mobile signals are dodgy.
In the tent
• Don’t use naked flames, including candles, in or near your tent.
• Smoking in a tent is a fire risk.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• Gas cylinders and flammable liquids should be kept outside the tent and away from children.
• Keep a bucket of water and a fire blanket handy; an extinguisher is worth its weight in gold. Know how to use them.
• Don’t use cooking appliances anywhere near walls and roof or where they can be bumped into and knocked over.
• Keep your cooking area clear of flammable material, like cooking oil.
• Check that your barbecue is in good working order.
• Make sure your barbecue site is on level ground and that the barbecue is stable.
• Keep water handy to damp down flames and coals.
• Don’t overload your barbecue with lighter fluid or charcoal.
• Never spray lighting fuel on warm coals – it will flash back.
• Make sure children and pets stay away from the barbecue.
• Don’t leave barbecues unattended.
• Make sure the barbecue is cool before packing away or disposing of the coals.
• NEVER bring a barbecue into the tent to use for cooking or heating. It is a fire hazard and anything with a naked flame creates carbon monoxide – death by poisoning is a real hazard.
• Make sure you know how to put out a clothing fire – if your clothes catch file: STOP still – don’t run – and cover your face with your hands; DROP down to the ground; ROLL your body over and over to put out the flames.