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Camping and caravan safety


Fires can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds and, because of the close proximity of surrounding tents, fires can easily spread. Here's our top tips on camping fire safety
  • Never cook inside a tent. Keep cooking appliances - including BBQs - away from the tent walls, flammable materials, or long grass, as they could easily set alight
  • Don’t smoke inside tents
  • Never use candles in or near a tent – torches are safer
  • Don’t use petrol or paraffin to light a solid fuel stove
  • We recommend camping away from parking areas to reduce risks from car fires
  • Campfires constitute a risk of burns, tent fires, and smoke pollution, and as such ought to be avoided
  • If you are camping on your own land, grass should be cut short to minimise the risk of fire spread
  • If you are staying on a campsite make sure you know the campsite’s fire safety arrangements

Make sure you know how to escape (by cutting your way out of the tent if necessary).


  • Make sure caravans are kept at least six metres apart, making it more difficult for a fire to spread
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies – don’t use a candle
  • Keep the caravan ventilated and don’t block up air vents 
  • Keep a dry powder fire extinguisher near the main door – it will tackle most small fires
  • Find out about firefighting arrangements on the campsite or caravan park
  • Make sure you know where the fire extinguishers or fire hose reels are on the site, along with the location of the fire alarm. If an alarm is vandalised or damaged make sure you report it to the site manager immediately.