Summer Safety

Camping Summer Safety
Summer Safety

We like to get out and about when the sun is shining and enjoy a variety of activities. This section looks at how to keep safe whilst making the most of the summer months.

Camping and Caravanning Safety

When enjoying a fun family holiday under canvas, don’t let down your guard when it comes to fire safety:

  • Ensure caravans and tents are at least six metres apart and away from parked cars, to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
  • Make sure you know the campsite’s fire safety arrangements and check where the nearest telephone is. You may not have a signal on your mobile phone.
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use lighted candles. NEVER smoke or use BBQs inside a tent.
  • Fit and test a smoke alarm in your caravan – optical alarms are usually most effective
  • Don’t block caravan air vents – if any leaking gas builds up you may fall unconscious and be unable to escape.
  • Turn off all appliances before you leave the caravan or go to bed.

What to do if there is a fire

When enjoying a fun family holiday under canvas, don’t let down your guard when it comes to fire safety:

  • Keep calm and get everyone out as quickly as you can. Be prepared to cut your way out of your tent if there is a fire.
  • Call the Fire and Rescue Service and give the exact location. Give a map reference if possible, or give a landmark such as a farm or pub.
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Other danger signs include:

  • Sooting or staining on or around the appliance.
  • Excessive condensation in the room where the appliance is installed.
  • Lazy yellow/orange coloured gas flames on cookers or boilers, rather than a sharp blue one.

CO_alarmHow can I protect myself?

  1. All boilers and fuel-burning appliances MUST be serviced annually using a qualified engineer registered with the appropriate organisation:
  2. You can buy detectors and alarms which measure the CO at home and warn you if it’s too high. You can also get portable, battery-powered ones to use if you go camping, caravanning and travelling.

What should I do if affected?

  • Open doors and windows for ventilation and go outside into the fresh air.
  • Go to your GP or nearest A&E department.
  • If it is urgent, call 999 for an ambulance.
  • If you smell gas ring, the National Gas emergency number 0800 111 999

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