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Follow these simple guidelines and keep your camping trip safe.

  • Tents should ideally be pitched at least 6 metres apart from other tents.
  • Keep a torch handy.
  • Never light a candle or have any kind of flame burning apparatus in or near to a tent.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
  • General advice is to always cook outside and well away from your tent, no matter how large.
  • Cooking appliances should never be used in small tents.
  • Don't cook near flammable materials or long grass.
  • Store flammable liquids or gas cylinders away from the tent.
  • Never smoke inside a tent.
  • A fire can destroy a tent in 60 seconds so it is essential you have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of the tent if there is fire.
  • Make sure everyone knows what to do if their clothes catch fire - stop, drop to the floor and roll to put out the flames.
  • If somebody else's clothes catch fire, tell or force them to drop and try to smother the flames with a blanket or large item of clothing to quell the flames, then get them to roll.
  • Find out what the firefighting arrangements are in place for the campsite.
  • If you do not have a mobile phone then find out where the nearest phone is located.

For more information about campaign safety click here.

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