Having a camp fire is a significant part of the ‘romance’ of camping for many. Unfortunately, if a camp fire burns out of control, the romance can all too easily turn into tragedy unless it is dealt with quickly and effectively.
Here is what to do to when a camp fire burns out of control to prevent personal injuries.
When a camp fire burns out of control
When a camp fire burns out of control, get children and anyone else unable to help in dealing with the fire away from it as quickly as possible. Then:
- Find a water source close enough to run back and forth to, no further than ten to 20 steps away.
- Use large containers to fetch and throw water at the fire’s edges.
- Drench blankets and towels in water and use them to smother flames.
- Move tents and other belongings out of the way of the fire and the people trying to deal with it.
If the camp fire burns out of control, too much to be extinguished quickly, or threatens to cause a wildfire, call the fire brigade.
Other camping dangers
Camp fires can do a lot of unsightly damage to the natural environment at the best of times, not to mention the risks involved if a camp fire burns out of control. For this reason, many camp sites in the UK do not permit the lighting of fires.
This does not mean, however, that there is no risk of sustaining accidental injuries on such sites. Injuries by slips, trips and falls, for instance, are sadly comparatively common while camping.
Potential hazards when camping
Slip, trip and fall hazards on camp sites include:
- Guy ropes
- Uneven ground
- Wet, muddy ground
- Wet flooring in toilet and shower blocks
- Wet or cluttered flooring in campsite shops, cafes and other facilities
Playground equipment, unless well maintained, may also be the cause of injuries by trips, slips or falls.
Use of gas or oil powered camping stoves, oil lamps and similar equipment also represents a very real risk of injury by fires and explosions.
When camping goes wrong
If you are hurt by a fall, slip or trip, a camp fire out of control or any other camping accident through no fault of your own, you may have the right to make a personal injury claim.
Contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, today to establish your eligibility to claim and enlist the help of one of our skilled, experienced in-house solicitors. Our 24/7 helpline is obligation-free and completely confidential. Call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.