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Caravans and Camping
When caravanning, or camping make sure you take appropriate fire safety precautions when you arrive:
- Allow at least 6 metres spacing between tents and caravans and ensure they are away from parked cars to reduce the risk of fire spreading
- Never use candles in or near a tent - torches are safer.
- Keep cooking appliances away from the tent walls and never cook inside a small tent or near flammable materials or long grass; they can all set alight easily.
- Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there’s a fire.
- Make sure everyone knows how to put out clothing that’s on fire - stop, drop and roll.
- Don’t smoke inside tents.
- Never attempt to use a barbecue, or other gas appliance designed for outside use, in a tent, this can lead to the build up of poisonous gases.
- 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 ashtrays are made of a material that can’t burn or topple over –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.
Always treat LPG gas cylinders with care:
- Change cylinders in open air.
- Make sure the appliance controls and cylinder valve are turned off before you change the cylinder.
- If you think there might be a gas leak in the cylinder connection or pipes - extinguish all naked flames, brush soapy water over all the joints and then look for bubbles. Tighten (but do not over tighten) leaky joints.
- Always ensure LPG regulator is compatible with your appliances.
- Unless designed to be left on, ensure all appliances are turned off when not in use.
- Get everyone to safety.
- Turn off gas cylinders if it is safe to do so.
- Raise the alarm and call the Fire Service on 999.
- Do not take risks.
- Get out, call the Fire Service out, stay out.