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Press Release - Are you camping at Glastonbury Festival?
Posted on 22/06/2017

Camping is very much part of the experience of Glastonbury Festival and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service want you to fully enjoy the experience while bearing some fire safety tips in mind.

Setting up camp
When you arrive you will be met with a landscape of thousands of tents, and in no time at all you’ll be part of the Glastonbury tented community.

Make sure you know what the fire safety arrangements are on the camp site and where your fire wardens are.

After pitching your tent the best idea is to try to establish some geographical points in your line of vision to your tent in order that you can locate it more easily. Some people make a flag or some other form of eye catching decoration to help make spotting their tent a little easier.

Making friends with your campsite neighbours, is a good idea, not only to keep an eye on each other's stuff but to buddy up during the festival which is very much part of developing a community spirit.

Fire prevention while camping
Remember, a fire can destroy a tent within 60 seconds so underlining the dangers is important.
• never use candles in or near a tent - torches are safer
• keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children
• flammable liquids and gas cylinders should be kept outside the tent and away from children
• oil-burning appliances shouldn’t be used in or around tents
• keep your cooking area clear of flammable material, including long grass
• have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of your tent if there is a fire

Refuse and rubbish fires
Over full rubbish bins provide the perfect fuel for a fire
• don’t store rubbish by tent openings
• do not store bins or sacks up against your tents as fire can quickly spread
• don’t overfill bins and leave rubbish around
• do not smoke in or around storage areas.

Carbon Monoxide
This year we are focusing on highlighting the risks of Carbon Monoxide poisoning when camping. You cannot smell, taste or see Carbon Monoxide, so…if you suddenly get flu symptoms, or have headaches, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness or weakness you may have Carbon Monoxide poisoning. People often don’t realise that they are being overcome by fumes until it is too late.

Carbon monoxide warning
• Never bring a portable or disposable BBQ in a tent or awning to keep warm as this is a recipe for disaster. Hours after use they are still giving off poisonous carbon monoxide gases. BBQs are designed for cooking not for heating up spaces
• Don't be tempted to cook inside your tent or awning, unless there's an area specifically designed for this purpose and you're sure there is adequate ventilation. To work safely BBQs need more ventilation than your tent or awning can provide and there's also the risk of fire.
• Modern tents are designed as an integral structure with built-in groundsheets and this means that carbon monoxide gases can rise to fatal levels in a matter of minutes if a BBQ were to be used inside for heating purposes
• Don't rely on a carbon monoxide 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
• Please follow the link for more carbon monoxide advice.

Please visit our website on camping & glamping for more information.

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