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Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and Devon Fire and Rescue Service are working together for a safer community.  The information below will help you be aware of the potential hazards whilst camping outdoors.


Bottled Gas

  • Always change cylinders in open air, away from any source of ignition.
  • Check connections are tight.
  • Turn off at main valve when not in use.
  • 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 caravan is moving.
  • If you suspect a leak:
    • Turn off all appliances.
    • Open all doors and windows.
    • Do not smoke.
    • Do not operate electrical switches.

Other Hazards

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



  • Allow at least 6m spacing between tents and caravans.
  • Never use candles in or near a tent. Torches are much safer.
  • Flammable liquids and Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders should be kept outside the tent.
  • Oil burning appliances are not recommended.
  • Cooking appliances should not be used in small tents.
  • Keep cooking appliance away from walls and the roof where it can be easily knocked over.

Open fires

If you must have an open fire:

  • It should be downwind, at least 10m from the tent.
  • Clear earth, leaves, etc, to form a circle of earth around the fire.
  • Build a stack that will collapse inwards whilst burning.
  • Do not leave fires unattended.
  • Make sure that fires are fully extinguished.


If a fire should break out

  • Call the Fire and Rescue Service and give the exact location.
  • If possible give a map reference.
  • If this is not possible a landmark such as a farm or pub etc. This will help locate you.

Grass and forest fires spread rapidly

  • Do not be tempted to investigate.
  • Leave the area as quickly as possible and ring for the Fire Brigade.
  • Do not return unless the Fire and Rescue Service tell you that it is safe to do so. 

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