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How to use a camp stove safely

Camping Gas – Guidance on the safe use of gas appliances for cooking, barbeques, heaters – outdoors and indoors. If you use gas for camping or cooking this is information about which is best to choose, setting up your equipment correctly and safely as well as how to avoid the dangers of fire, explosion and carbon monoxide.

Introduction, planning and assessing risk

(FS120347) (Published May 2020 replacing February 2018)

Introduction

The purpose of this factsheet is to provide best practice advice to Scouts when using Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). Advice particularly for gas has been taken from different recognised agencies such as the UKLPG Association and The Camping and Caravanning Club. There is not always only one solution and the key to determining the safest individual camping arrangements, will remain as the risk assessment process. Many of the UK H&S legislative standards apply to workplaces and the one key standard relevant to camping fuels will be the relevant fire safety standards.

Plan your use and assess the risk

Planning is the key to all successful and enjoyable Scouting experiences. A risk assessment is a key part of the planning and must not be underestimated. As well as the obvious considerations about the most
suitable style of equipment for the type of activity, also consider the following:

  • Where will you be using it?

  • The risk of fire and the safe set up of the equipment

  • Risk of burns during operation from the set up to when it is packed away

  • Controls to reduce the occurrence or exposure to Carbon Monoxide – a toxic gas

  • Is the equipment properly maintained and safe to use? Have you tested it?

  • Do those using it know how to? Are you confident they are competent?

Take a look at the specific sections on these hazards later on in this factsheet to help you better understand them. Why not produce a simple Checklist to help others understand the steps they need to take for safe use. 

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