Camping and caravanning safety
How to stay safe while camping
- Put your tent or caravan at least six metres away from others and well away from parked vehicles.
- Make sure you read the fire safety arrangements at the campsite.
- Check to see if you have a phone signal and find out where the nearest phone is.
What to do if there is a fire while camping
- Keep calm and get everyone out and away as quickly as you can.
- Call 999 and ask for the fire service.
- Give the exact location - give a map reference if possible or give a landmark such as a nearby pub or a farm. You can use the What3Words app to help you.
The dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) while camping
- BBQs give off poisonous carbon monoxide for hours after they are finished cooking. You should never use a portable or disposable BBQ inside your tent, vehicle or awning.
- You should never use a BBQ to heat up a tent (or any space). They are for cooking, not heating.
- You should not cook inside your tent or awning. To work safely, BBQs need more ventilation than your tent or awning can provide. There's also the risk of fire.
- Modern tents have an integral structure with built-in groundsheets. Simply put, this means that carbon monoxide gas can rise to fatal levels in a matter of minutes if you use a BBQ inside a tent.
- Don't rely on a carbon monoxide detector to keep you safe in a tent or awning. They are 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 read our carbon monoxide advice.
Using gas cylinders safely
- Keep flammable liquids, such as petrol and gas cylinders, outside and away from children.
- Service and maintain all gas appliances to ensure they are working efficiently and reduce the risks of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
- Only change gas cylinders when they are completely empty. Store them away from caravans and vehicles.
- Only change gas cylinders in the open air.
- Make sure the gas pipe connection is secure. If you suspect a leak, turn off the main cylinder valve.
Buckfastleigh caravan fire
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A burnt out tent
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Exeter caravan total burnout
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