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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What kind of accidents can I experience while camping?

    Camping is a popular way of enjoying holidays in the ‘great outdoors’. Unfamiliar surroundings, excitement and a difference in how things are done can, however, lead to accidents.


    One of the most significant risks during camping, fires can be the result of carelessly positioned or faulty open fires, barbecues, heaters or stoves. Avoiding injuries by fire includes:

    • Pitching tents well away from other campers’ fires, stoves, barbecues, etc.
    • Checking stoves, and so on, for functionality before setting off on the holiday and keeping them well maintained.
    • Not cooking inside tents.
    • Not storing or changing gas canisters or refuelling petrol/meths stoves inside tents.
    • Keeping lighters and matches away from children and in waterproof boxes.
    • Using torches for illumination, as opposed to candles, lighters or other naked flames.
    • Ensuring stoves, barbecues, gas lamps etc are out and fires are damped down before settling for the night.

    Having a fire extinguisher handy or at least knowing the location of the nearest source of water is also recommended. People with caravans should also have carbon monoxide alarms in their caravans.

    Slips, trips and falls

    Injuries by tripping over guy ropes are also common, as are slip injuries in shower, toilet and washing facilities. At campsites offering facilities like playgrounds, swimming pools, and so on, injuries by falling off equipment or into water may also be incurred.

    Other potential risks

    Depending on the location and set-up of the campsite, there may be risks of branches falling off trees onto tents, and if the site is near a lake or river, there may be a risk of children rushing straight out of the tent into the water if the tent is pitched too close. Having the right equipment for every task will also help to prevent accidental injuries by trying to improvise.

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    Personal injury claims

    If you were injured while camping because of a faulty stove or barbecue, incurred an injury by tripping, falling or slipping, or were injured by a faulty stove and someone else was responsible for the incident, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.

    Claiming for compensation

    Complete the compensation calculator or call the freephone number of Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss whether you can claim or not. Calls are free, confidential and handled by friendly advisers. Claims conducted by in-house solicitors are based on no win no fee* agreements.

    Date Published: May 1, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.