Top tips for staying safe in the sun

Stroud News and Journal: Tents should be kept 6m apart to stop fires spreading Tents should be kept 6m apart to stop fires spreading

AS temperatures rise this summer, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service is giving a word of warning about having fun in the sun.

The Fire Kills campaign is being enrolled throughout the county to alert people to some of the dangers hot weather can cause.

Whether you are camping, cooking or exploring this summer, by following the Fire Kills campaign’s top tips you can ensure that your great adventure is a safe and enjoyable one.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: “If you’re intending to take out your tent, ready your rucksack or get your caravan back on the road, you should go armed with some safety advice before heading for the great outdoors.”

Stewart Edgar, Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service said:“It may all sound a bit daunting but it needn’t be, most of this advice is common sense. From time to time we all need reminders; so enjoy the countryside and your recreation and be safe.”

Tents

• Allow at least 6m spacing between tents and caravans and ensure they are away from parked cars to reduce the risk of fire spreading

• Never use candles in or near a tent – torches are safer.

• Keep cooking appliances away from the tent walls and never cook inside a small tent or near flammable materials or long grass; they can all set alight easily.

• Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there’s a fire.

• Make sure everyone knows how to put out clothing that’s on fire – stop, drop and roll.

• Don’t smoke inside tents.

Caravans

• Fit and test a smoke alarm in your caravan.

• Take special care when cooking – don’t leave pans unattended.

• Turn off all appliances before you go out or to bed.

• Make sure ashtrays are made of a material that can’t burn or topple over –never smoke in bed.

• Don’t dry clothes over the stove.

• Remove any litter and rubbish near the caravan to reduce the risk of fire spreading.

• Make sure the caravan is ventilated, and never block air vents, to avoid a build up of poisonous gases.

Open Fires:

• It should be downwind, at least 10m from the tent.

• Clear dry vegetation, 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 after use.

If a fire should breakout:

• Call the fire and rescue service and give the exact location.

• If necessary give a map reference.

• If this is not possible a landmark such as a farm or pub etc, will help them locate you.

Grass and forest fires spread rapidly:

• Never throw cigarette ends out of a car window – they could start a fire and ruin surrounding countryside.

• Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.

If you discover a fire:

• Do not be tempted to investigate.

• Leave the area as quickly as possible and call 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service.

• Do not return unless the fire and rescue service tells you that it is safe to do so.

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