Gas camp fires are great. They are the perfect things to sit around, grill a few burgers and watch the sun go down during the summer months whilst listening to someone try and play the guitar (there’s always someone trying to play the guitar).
However, gas camp fires, if not operated sensibly and safely, also pose significant risks to health. Nothing will bring a good time to an end more abruptly than a gas camp fire accident which causes damage to either property or people. It’s so important to safety check gas camp fires before you use them, to minimise chances of accidents and injuries to surrounding attendees.
How to safety check gas camp fires
To be ultra-safe, you need to pay attention to the surrounding environment before turning your attention to the gas camp fire itself. Anything flammable should be removed to a safe distance, including anything that may be hanging overhead, above where you want the fire to be.
Next, check the direction and strength of the wind. Not only does a strong breeze or wind affect which way the flames flicker, it can also give energy and strength to a fire, which is important to bear in mind when you are estimating the camp fire size.
Now it’s time to check the connections. It is absolutely essential to ensure that no gas is leaking from the appliance as any sort of leak could all too easily lead to a catastrophic disaster. If you suspect a leak, under no circumstances should you ever ignite the fire. Turn it off and don’t use it again until it has been checked and, if necessary, repaired by a professional.
Safety check gas camp fires – once the fire is lit
Providing everything is safe and in full working order, you can get your fire going. However, the importance of staying safe doesn’t stop there. Keep a keen ear out for unusual sounds that indicate something isn’t working properly and always, always, always have a fire extinguisher nearby.
It’s very easy to panic in a heated situation so you may wish to have a recognised plan of action. As they say – you can never be too careful.
If you are hurt in a gas camp fire accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due compensation. Accident Advice Helpline have over 16 years’ experience in accident claims so call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 today. You can also take our 30-second online test.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice