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Camping and Caravanning Fire Safety

Everyone loves to relax and enjoy the great outdoors when caravanning and camping. But just because youíre taking a break, donít forget fire safety precautions. In partnership with Towsure, we're pleased to present our guidelines to help you minimise the risks. Please read this article carefully, then enter the competition at the bottom of the page.

The Basics

  • Ensure that caravans and tents are kept at least 6 metres apart.
  • Find out what the fire-fighting arrangements on the campsite are and where the nearest telephone is.
  • Carry a fire bucket, and have it ready for use next to your unit
  • Keep a torch handy for emergencies. Don't use a lit candle

    Fires in tents and caravans spread very quickly. If there's a fire:

  • Get everyone out straight away.
  • Call the fire and rescue service and give the exact location.
  • Give a map reference, if possible.
  • Otherwise, give a landmark such as a farm or pub etc, to help them to locate you.


  • Fit a smoke detector in your caravan.
  • Take care when cooking - don't leave fat pans unattended.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • If you smoke, use suitable metal ashtrays. Never smoke in bed.
  • Children should not be left alone in a caravan.
  • Keep the caravan ventilated. Don't block up air vents - it could be fatal.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher inside the caravan, by the door.

Gas Bottles

  • Keep cylinders outside your caravan.
  • Before going to bed or leaving the caravan, turn off all appliances.
  • Turn off cylinders unless appliances (such as a fridge) are designed to run continuously.
  • Never use a cooker or a heater whilst a camper or caravan is moving.
  • Change gas bottles only when completely empty.

    If you suspect a gas leak:

  • Turn off all appliances and the main cylinder valve.
  • Open all doors and windows.
  • Do not smoke or operate electrical switches.


  • Never use candles in or near a tent. Torches are much safer.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Flammable liquids and gas cylinders should be kept outside the tent and away from children.
  • Oil burning appliances shouldnít be used in or around tents.
  • Keep cooking appliances away from walls and the roof and where they can easily be knocked over.
  • Cooking appliances should not be used in small tents.
  • Keep flammable material, including long grass, away from cooking area.
  • Donít smoke inside tents.
  • Have an escape plan, and be prepared to cut your way out of the tent if there is a fire.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to put out a clothing fire - stop, drop and roll.
  • Prevention is key. A fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds. Avoid using naked flames inside tents.
The above is only a guide to fire safety and you should take your own precautions and use common sense. The UKCampsite.co.uk cannot be held responsible for any advice given - if in doubt please consult an expert.

Where can I buy Fire Safety Equipement?

The smoke detector, fire blanket, fire extinguisher, and fire bucket shown above are all available to purchase online at Towsure . Fire buckets in particular are an often overlooked, but essential piece of safety equipment when camping or caravanning. Always take one, and leave it full of water by the front of your tent or caravan. In the event of a fire anyone nearby will be able to quickly use the water to help extinguish the flames.

Win one of 10 Fire Safety Kits

Towsure have provided us with 10 kits comprising of the four items listed above, to giveaway to lucky UKCampsite.co.uk members entering our competition. Please click here to enter and a chance to win.  Sorry competition now closed!

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