A Statement Regarding Camping Fire Safety in Cheshire.
This article has been issued by “Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service”
Camping Safety Advice
A camping holiday can be great fun for all the family and one of the least expensive options for a break.
To ensure your camping holiday goes smoothly, especially if it’s your first time in a tent, be aware of the key 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.
• Do not smoke inside the tent and keep any flammable material away from the cooking area.
• Have an escape plan.
Be 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
• 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.