Caravans and camping

​Ensure caravans and tents are at least six metres apart and away from parked cars, to reduce the risk of fire spreading. A fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds and, on average, 360 fires per year occur in caravans. See the video below from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service:

 
  • keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use lighted candles
  • make sure you know the campsite's fire safety arrangements and check where the nearest telephone is
  • ​don't use petrol or paraffin to light a solid fuel stove
  • keep flammable liquids outside and away from children
  • only change gas cylinders when they're completely empty and store them away from tents, caravans and vehicles
  • make sure the gas pipe connection is secure
  • never smoke while changing your gas
  • in case of fire keep calm and get everyone out as quickly as you can
  • call the fire and rescue service and give the exact location (map reference or a landmark such as a farm or pub is useful)
  • never use candles in or near a tent
  • never cook inside a small tent and keep cooking appliances away from the tent walls
  • don't cook near flammable materials or long grass
  • make sure you know your escape route
  • make sure everyone knows how to put out clothing that's on fire – stop, drop and roll
  • don't smoke inside tents
  • ​fit and test a smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your caravan
  • take special care when cooking – don't leave pans unattended
  • turn off all appliances before you go out or to bed
  • make sure ashtrays are made of a material that can't burn – and never smoke in bed
  • don't dry clothes over the stove
  • remove any litter and rubbish near the caravan to reduce the risk of fire spreading
  • make sure the caravan is ventilated and never block air vents

Visit our Home Fire Safety page for advice on how to check your home. We have a checklist available to download and you will also find how to apply for a visit should you need more help.

GOV.UK have a useful information 'Fire safety outdoors' leaflet you can download and display.

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