Fire safety whilst camping or caravanning in Hampshire

Caravans and camping

Are you planning to stay in a tent or caravan? Take some safety precautions to keep everyone safe.
  • 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  

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  

Staying in a tent

  • never use candles in or near a tent - torches are safer
  • keep cooking appliances away from the tent all 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
  • 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  

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 go to bed
  • make sure ashtrays are made of material that cannot 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  

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