Tents and Open Fire Safety

Here is some advice to make sure you are safe in your tent whilst you are camping


  • Do not smoke inside tents. Never use candles in or near a tent - torches are safer
  • Make sure everyone knows how to put out clothing that's on fire- stop, drop and roll
  • Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there's a fire
  • Allow at least 6m spacing between tents and caravans and ensure they are away from parked cars to reduce the risk of fire spreading
  • 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


Open Fires

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service advises not to have open fire but if you must have one we have advice on how to have a safe open fire.

  • Do not leave fires unattended
  • It should be downwind, at least 10m from the tent
  • Build a stack that will collapse inwards whilst burning
  • Make sure that fires are fully extinguished after use
  • Clear dry vegetation, leaves etc to form a circle of earth around the fire

Last updated: Friday 26 July 2013