Camping safety - fire safety tips

A tent on a campsite with a campfire burning close to the tentTo ensure your camping holiday goes smoothly, especially if it's your first time in a tent, please be aware of the key fire safety issues:

  • Allow at least 6m spacing between tents and caravans

  • Never use fuel-burning devices (e.g. disposable barbecues, camping stoves, camping heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills) inside a tent. See below for more information about Carbon Monoxide awareness

  • Never use candles in or near a tent - torches are much safer

  • Flammable liquids and Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders should be kept outside the tent

  • Oil burning appliances are not recommended

  • Cooking appliances should never be used in small tents

  • Never light a candle or have any other kind of flame burning apparatus in or near to a tent

  • Cook outside and away from the tent

  • Don't smoke inside the tent and keep any flammable material away from the cooking area

  • Have an escape plan

Be Carbon Monoxide awareBe carbon monoxide aware

Never use fuel-burning devices (e.g. disposable barbecues, camping stoves, camping heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills) inside a tent.

Using these indoors can cause Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.

They give off fumes for hours and hours after you have used them -  levels high enough to result in CO poisoning.

To avoid hazardous CO exposures, fuel-burning equipment should never be used inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter.

Fuel-burning equipment can include:

  • camping stoves

  • camping heaters

  • lanterns

  • charcoal grills

  • disposable barbecues

Opening tent flaps, doors, or windows is insufficient to prevent build-up of CO concentrations from these devices.

Also, when using fuel-burning devices outdoors, the exhaust should not vent into enclosed shelters.

For further information

Please telephone Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 389 0053.

Or visit the following web site for more information

Camping Expert Website (opens in new window)

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