Campers - think fire safety

TWEED Heads firefighters are warning people to take fire safety precautions before holidaying this summer.

Station Commander Price Conlan said good preparation could make a real difference in the event of a fire in a caravan or at a campsite this holiday season.

“There are a few simple precautions people can take to avoid a tragedy while on holidays, such as never smoking or cooking in a tent, and having a fire blanket, fire extinguisher and smoke alarm in a caravan,” station officer Conlan said.

“Check to see if your camping area has mobile phone coverage so that you can call triple zero in the event of an emergency – if not, identify the fastest way to call for help.”

In 2008, NSW Fire Brigades attended 55 fires in caravans and 121 bonfires or camp fires.

Other tips include using a flame-retardant tent; extinguishing cooking fires and turning off lanterns and stoves before going to bed or leaving an area; having a caravan escape plan; and making sure your caravan has a working smoke alarm, a fire blanket and a dry powder portable fire extinguisher stored near the exit.

Visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more tips.



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