East Sussex launches ‘Fire Kills’ campaign


As part of the Fire Kills campaign, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking the people of Eastbourne to stay safe this summer

“A long hot summer is what we hope for,” said Dave Sheppard, Eastbourne Borough Commander.

“However, like many changes in activity, it can bring risks. If you’re intending to take out your tent, ready your rucksack or get your caravan back on the road, you should go armed with some safety advice before heading for the great outdoors.

“By following the Fire Kills campaign’s top tips you can ensure that your great adventure is a safe and enjoyable one.


• Allow at least six metres of spacing between tents and caravans and ensure they are away from parked cars to reduce the risk of fire spreading.

• Never use candles in or near a tent – torches are safer.

• Keep cooking appliances away from the tent walls and never cook inside a small tent or near flammable materials or long grass; they can all set alight easily.

• Make sure you know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there’s a fire.

• Make sure everyone knows how to put out clothing that’s on fire – stop, drop and roll.

• Don’t smoke inside tents.


• Fit and test a smoke alarm in your caravan.

• Take special care when cooking – don’t leave pans unattended.

• Turn off all appliances before you go out or to bed.

• Make sure ashtrays are made of a material that can’t burn or topple over - and never, ever smoke in bed.

• Don’t dry clothes over the stove.

• Remove any litter and rubbish near the caravan to reduce the risk of fire spreading.

• Make sure the caravan is ventilated, and never block air vents, to avoid a build up of poisonous gases.

Open Fires

If you must have an open fire:

• It should be downwind, at least 10 metres away from the tent.

• Clear dry vegetation, leaves, etc, to form a circle of earth around the fire.