Camping is a lot of fun but also a big responsibility. Be safe when you’re camping to help prevent wildfires.
- Set up tents at least six metres apart and away from parked cars;
- Make sure you know what the fire arrangements on the camp site are and where the nearest telephone is;
- Avoid open fires in the countryside – only use barbecues in designated areas and never leave them unattended;
- Place your cooking area well away from the tent;
- Keep your cooking areas clear of items that catch fire easily for example long, dry grass;
- Put cooking appliances in a place where they can’t easily be knocked over;
- Keep matches, lighters, flammable liquids and gas cylinders out of the reach of children;
- Have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of your tent if there is a fire;
- Do not use candles in or near a tent – use a torch instead;
- Do not smoke inside a tent;
- Do not leave glass bottles lying around – sunlight shining through glass can start a fire.
- Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder;
- Never smoke whilst changing your gas cylinder;
- If you suspect a leak, turn off the gas cylinder and try brushing soapy water around all joints, watching for bubbles.