Data Sheet

#35 Using electricity in your tent

#35 #35 Using electricity in your tent
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Using electricity

Minimise the risks

Do's

  • Keep equipment dry

    Keep hook-up equipment off the ground

    Use only proprietary hook-up equipment purchased from a reputable dealer with safety devices including an RCD and an IP rating of 44 or greater
  • Keep hook-up equipment off the ground and close to the appliances
  • Use only when someone is present otherwise switch off and remove plugs, ensuring covers are over sockets
  • Test the operation of the circuit breaker before plugging-in appliances
  • Be prepared to stop using electricity when conditions in the tent are damp.

Dont's
RCD and IP Ratings

Use only proprietary hook-up equipment with safety devices that include a RCD and IP rating of 44 or greater

  • NEVER use a household extension cable, even with an RCD plug, instead of proprietary hook-up equipment
  • Do NOT use household plug adaptors and never more than one appliance per socket
  • Do NOT allow children to be involved in the installation and operation of electricity


If in doubt about the safety or suitability of your equipment get advice from a qualified electrician.

For further information see the Data Sheet #30 Electricity for campers and caravanners, alternatively contact the Club’s Technical Department via email at techtalk@thefriendlyclub.co.uk or call on 024 7647 5282. Benefit from expert advice, retail discounts and money off pitch night stays when you join the Club.

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