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Burns Victim Warns Campers To Use The Right Equipment

Camping BBQ Safety

Published at 11:53am 10th July 2014.

A young woman who suffered major burns after an accident involving a gas stove at Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle last summer is warning other people to make sure they follow the safety guidelines.

Georgina Chalmers was using an old gas canister to cook with which didn't have a safety valve.

It caught alight and exploded, burning her and her friend.

"I had 28% burns.  I had to be whisked away in a helicopter.  I had surgery in Bristol then was transferred to another hospital where I had more surgery.  I was in hospital for two weeks and off work for six weeks."

Georgina is urging other people to make sure they use the proper equipment with a safety valve.

"Anyone, if you are camping, if you are going to festivals, even if you are doing a BBQ in the garden, please use something with a safety valve.  And if you've got old equipment, please throw it away.  It's just not worth it."

For information on how to stay fire safe while camping - CLICK HERE.

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