Whether you're heading off to a music festival or are
simply going for a relaxing weekend in the great outdoors, stick to
these simple guidelines and keep your camping trip safe as
- Ensure that your tent is kept at least six metres apart from
- Keep a torch handy for emergencies. Don't use a lit candle or
an oil burning appliance in or near your tent.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Flammable liquids and gas cylinders should be kept outside your
tent and away from children.
- Cooking appliances should not be used in small tents. If you're
staying in a larger tent, keep cooking appliances away from the
walls and the roof of the tent and anywhere inside the tent where
they can easily be knocked over.
- Don't cook near flammable materials or long grass.
- Have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of the
tent if there is a fire.
- Make sure everyone knows what to do if their clothes catch fire
- stop, drop to the floor and roll to put out the flames.
- NEVER smoke inside a tent.
- Find out what the firefighting arrangements on the campsite are
and if you do not have a mobile, find out where the nearest
- If you're camping abroad, find out how to call the local
emergency services. You can find this information in travel guides
or you can call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 0845 850
If there is a fire
- Fires in tents spread very quickly. Get everyone out straight
away. Call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service and give the
exact location of your campsite. Even give a map reference if
possible. Otherwise, a landmark such as a farm or pub will help the
Fire and Rescue Service locate you.
Finally! Remember that prevention is key...
A fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds so
avoid using naked flames inside your tent.