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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Camping Safety

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to take care when camping during the summer holidays.

"In the event of a fire, get everyone out straight away, call the fire service and stay away from the tent."

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss said: "Fires can spread very quickly in tents, and can destroy a tent in just 60 seconds. In particular we’d urge people to take care when cooking - always cook a safe distance away from your tent, and ensure flammable liquids and gas cylinders are kept outside of the tent and away from children.

"In the event of a fire, get everyone out straight away, call the fire service and stay away from the tent."

The following fire safety camping tips will help ensure your holiday is as safe as possible:
• When pitching your tent ensure that tents are kept at least six metres apart.
• Find out what the firefighting arrangements on the campsite are and where the nearest telephone is.
• Have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of the tent if there is a fire.
• Flammable liquids and gas cylinders should be kept outside of the tent and away from children.
• Only change gas cylinders when they completely empty and store them away from caravans and vehicles.
• Do not cook inside tents or near flammable materials or long grass.
• Keep cooking appliances away from the tent walls as they could easily set alight.
• Keep a torch handy for emergencies - never use candles in or around tents.
• Do not smoke inside tents.
• Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
• Make sure everyone knows how to put out clothing that’s on fire – stop, drop and roll.