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18/7/2005 at 10:46am
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Having just been on our first camping trip I have to say it was fab, HOWEVER we also noticed our brand new tent IS NOT inflammable!  I am now worried to death about going again, especially as I have read on here that it only takes approx 1 minute to burn a tent down.  We are careful but what if we are asleep and ash from someone elses bbq blows onto it?  Is it law that they have to be fireproof?  Do fires happen often? Should we get rid? I`m gutted. 

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18/7/2005 at 10:49am
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I guess this answers my forum post perfectly.

Sorry to hear about your tent... I guess BBQs can be dangerous too...


18/7/2005 at 1:47pm
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In 30+ years of camping and 14 years of helping to run my family's campsite (I started young!) I have only witnessed 2 fires. Both caused by people being stupid with gas canisters for lanterns.Incorrectly fitting them or fitting them when there were other naked lights!

Fires are very, very rare but if they happen they can be dramatic. Always ensure you know where the fire point is at the site and what equipment is available.

if you are really worried you could always take a small fire extinguisher.

I have always felt that the real worry with barbecues is the hot ash making minute holes in your fly sheet that let the rain in and not with setting your tent alight.



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18/7/2005 at 2:05pm
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Most tents arn't fireproof some of them have a fire proof coating but as i undestand it most tents will eventualy set alight.

I would not let it put you off camping, as long as you are pitched 6m from your neighbour and you are carefull with your own appliences.

I would never cook in my tent, but there have been loads of debates on here about the apparant saftey of this.

I am currenly looking at getting a utility tent so that i no longer have to cook in the rain

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18/7/2005 at 7:00pm
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When the people opposite us took their camping gaz cylinder off while the gas was still alight I didn't even have time to get out of my chair much less as far as the fire bucket before their tent was fully alight. I would never cook in a small tent.

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18/7/2005 at 7:18pm
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I wouldnt cook in a tent either, we are taking a gazebo and windbreakers, rather be outside, all be it damp or what ever, then stressing over one of the kids knocking into the stove


18/7/2005 at 7:22pm
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We have always cooked outside ,with a windbreak and brolley if needed !

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19/7/2005 at 10:15am
 Location: Fife
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As I said - tent fires are usually caused by people doing stupid things with gas cylinders - you just need to be sensible.

 



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19/7/2005 at 10:40am
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Quote: Originally posted by charliebobs on 18/07/2005


We are careful but what if we are asleep and ash from someone elses bbq blows onto it? 

Its a possibility, although I have not heard of a tent catching fire that way myself, although I do know of cases where hot cinders have melted holes in nylon tents.   

Is it law that they have to be fireproof? 

No, and I cant see how you could make nylon f'ireproof' anyway.

 



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19/7/2005 at 11:12am
 Location: North Yorkshire
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Once the ash has blown a few feet in the wind it has lost most of its fire power anyway.  We just make sure the BBQ is far enough from the tent to not be a problem to us or our neighbours.


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15/8/2007 at 11:56pm
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not only gas cylnders are to blame candles are aswell have posted what happend to me in a tent when i was 18 it in fire drills section to cut a long story short i hate spending money i was to mean to buy a 6 volt lantern battery so used candles instead trip to the toilet when i got back you can imagine the rest luckley no one was with me and no one pitched next to me a burnt out tent worried campers angry parents who had to come and pick me up a nights sleep lost as well as my tent im  greatfull thats all i lost alesson learned the hard way


16/8/2007 at 8:33am
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Here you go...my (very long!!) thread on fire safety precautions wot I wrote a wee while back...

here

But as has been said, tent fires are rare. Be sensible, think ahead as to what you could do in an emergency and then don`t worry too much. You`ve got far more chance of having a road accident driving to the campsite.



16/8/2007 at 11:44pm
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hi charliebobs, don't be put off but do be prepared! i sleep with a sharp knife to hand to cut our way out of the tent in an emergency - just slash the fabric if you need to get out quickly. Also, we never use any gas appliances in the tent once the bedrooms are occupied.


17/8/2007 at 6:57am
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I should imagine that the tent fabric will be flame retardant, which would give a certain degree of protection against things like ash from BBQs.

Do thinks like keeping a fire bucket and fire extinguisher handy.    Sleep with a sharp knife in the sleeping compartment.    In an emergency you won't care about slashing your tent.

As has been said,  fires are rare.



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17/8/2007 at 11:29am
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Another vote for the fire bucket, and it's a multifunctional piece of kit.  The CCC tell you to have one, but I have to say on the site last weekend I saw very few and those were outside the older well used tents.   As BBQs raged all over the site I filled my bucket first before putting the tent up.  So please everyone get yourselves a bucket.  We could  stick our UKCS CAR STICKERS on them and start a new trend. 

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