At Jim’s Fire Safety, we are passionate about spreading awareness. Although we specialise in serving businesses, we want to help you stay safe outside of work as well. So, we’ve created a handy guide to fire safety for camping. 

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Fire Safety for Camping Tips 

Follow these tips to help you manage fire safety on your camp site. 

  • set up your tents away from fires and at least 6 metres apart 
  • use torches instead of candles and oil lamps 
  • have a designated smoking area away from your tent and make sure butts are out 
  • clear flammable materials around camping area 
  • keep flammable liquids, matches, and chemicals out of children’s reach 
  • monitor weather conditions and fire danger level 
  • choose a safe evacuation area in case of an emergency 
  • familiarise yourself with the contact details and location of emergency services 
  • have a fire extinguisher available in your vehicle 

Campfire safety 

  • set up your fire in a clear area away from trees and shrubs 
  • make sure your fire is far away from tents and camping equipment 
  • if possible, dig a pit and surround it with large rocks 
  • do not use flammable liquids to start your fire – stick to paper and kindling 
  • use water to extinguish your fire and make sure it is completely out 
  • never leave your fire unattended or continuing overnight 

Caravan Fire Safety 

According to Fire and Emergency NZ, every caravan should be fitted with a long-life photoelectric smoke alarm. You should also have a fire extinguisher or fire blanket near the exit and make sure you know how to use it.

You can reduce the chance of a fire in your caravan by following these tips: 

  • don’t leave children alone in the caravan 
  • store flammable liquid and matches out of reach 
  • make sure there is adequate ventilation
  • used fixed heaters (not portable ones that can fall over)
  • check your electrical appliances for damage 
  • according to FENZ, caravans should also have a current Electrical Warrant of Fitness.

Can I light a fire today? 

Wondering whether you can light a fire? Check it’s alright before you light. 

You can check the fire season status in your area and apply for a permit here. 

You will need permission from the landowners before you light a fire, or a permit if you want to light a fire on public conservation land. 

You don’t need a permit if your campfire is lit in a permanent fireplace which has been positioned and constructed by Department of Conservation (DOC) to minimise the threat of fire spread and is located within formally established DOC overnight campsites or day time amenity areas.

You can find out more about permits and fire safety for camping on the FENZ FAQs page. 

Contact Jim’s Fire Safety Today 

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