Enjoy the weather and great outdoors safely

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to stay safe this summer as they make the most of the weather and the great outdoors.

Whether camping in tents, staying in caravans or enjoying a long stroll, HWFRS is urging people to consider the risk of wildfires.

“A long, hot summer is what we hope for,” said HWFRS Head of Prevention Emma Roberts (pictured below).

“However, like many changes in activity, it can bring risks.

“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.”

By following the Fire Kills campaign’s top tips, people can ensure their great adventure is safe and enjoyable.


  • Allow at least 6m spacing between tents and caravans and ensure they are away from parked cars to reduce the risk of fire spreading
  • Don’t smoke inside tents
  • 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


  • 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 and position them securely so they can’t topple over – never smoke in bed
  • Don’t hang 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 carbon monoxide

Open fires

If you must have an open fire:

  • It should be downwind, at least 10m from the tent
  • Clear dry vegetation, such as leaves and twigs, and 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 break out:

  • Call the local 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, call 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service
  • Do not return unless the fire and rescue service tells you it is safe to do so

Emma added: “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.”