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Camping safely with gas


Never use a portable gas heater in a tent, car or caravan

Carbon monoxide can kill in less than 30 minutes.

Don’t let a gas incident spoil your fun

Take care with LP Gas when camping, caravanning or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Gas barbecues, cookers and outdoor heaters are handy but without proper care they can cause fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Safety tips

  • Never use outdoor gas appliances in enclosed spaces such as tents, canvas style annexes, caravans, and indoors.
  • Never use home-made appliances or connections.
  • Check your appliance regularly or ask a licensed gasfitter to check it is in good working order.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Ensure all gas connections are done up tightly.
  • Regularly check gas connections for leaks using soapy water. Click here to see how.

For more, read our Camping and leisure safety with LP Gas brochure.

Caravan, campervan, or RV

  • Only use heaters and cookers designed for indoor operation.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation – open doors and windows etc.
  • Follow the health and safety instructions provided with your gas appliance, and operate only as intended by the manufacturer.
  • Turn off your appliance if you begin to suffer a headache or feel sick while using it and have the appliance checked by a licensed gasfitter.
  • Use only gas heaters that have a proper flue installed.
  • Ensure heater flues and ventilation openings are not obstructed.
  • Never use a gas oven or cooker as a heater.
  • Check all connections to BBQs etc. before turning on the gas cylinder.

For more, read our Caravan safety brochure.

Gas cylinder safety

  • Check all washers and o-rings on appliances and cylinders regularly.
  • Never interfere with or remove the valve on any LPG cylinder.
  • Do not turn the gas on until you are ready to light the appliance.
  • Close the cylinder valve when appliances are not in use.
  • Never use a flame to locate a leak.
  • Always replace the dust cap on cylinders when not in use.
  • Regulate the burner to your needs – flames should not go beyond the edge of the cooking utensil.
  • Dispose of disposable canisters safely at a waste centre – do not incinerate them. Contact your local council for disposal details.