Gas and paraffin are often used for cooking, lighting and heating, both during Scout activities, and also in our homes. It is important to teach Meerkats, Cubs and Scouts how to use this equipment safely.
Cooking safely on a gas stove
- Make sure the stove is on a firm, flat surface.
- Make sure the pot is not too large for the pot stand.
- Keep the gas cylinder vertical (except for some lightweight hiking stoves where the cylinder is designed to lie flat).
- Make sure the connections are tightened firmly and there is no smell of leaking gas.
- Always leave the key in the cylinder so you can turn it off in an emergency.
- Always use a stove in a well-ventilated area
- Keep the stove away from material, tents, and anything flammable
- When lighting the stove, get your match ready first, then turn on the gas, then quickly light the match.
- Don't change a gas cylinder close to another stove or gas light that is still alight, or to any other source of flame like a candle, pilot lamp, or lit cigarette.
- Stoves and gas lamps get VERY HOT, so don't touch. They take a while to cool down too.
- Make sure the gas is completely off afterwards.
- Camping Gas: Guidance on safe use of gas appliances - Fact Sheet from The Scout Association, UK
- Safety with Gas - from Arrive Alive
Badge and advancement requirements
These are the main badge requirements related to gas and paraffin equipment:
Explain why you need to keep a window open if gas or paraffin is being used.
|Cub||Gold Wolf - Outdoor Challenge - Campcraft||
Learn about fire and gas/paraffin safety and the correct way to light a fire in the open bush.
Explain what to do in the case of a fire emergency.
|Cub||Civil Emergency Badge||
Show that you know the location of the main cut-off points for water, gas and electricity in your home AND the pack meeting place.
|Scout||Traveller - Living Outdoors||
Explain, and where possible demonstrate, how to care for and store at least four of the following items of equipment in your troop:
|Scout||Discoverer - Safety Awareness||
Devise a safety checklist for your house or other building.
After approval by your Scouter, use that checklist to make an inspection of the building. Hazards that could be checked include: oil lamps; pressure stoves; synthetic material, silk, nylon, Christmas decorations; plastics; inflammable liquids; electrical outlets or appliances; Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), etc.
Explain the hazards found, why they are hazardous and how they can be corrected. Within the constraints of your ability and finances correct these hazards you have identified.
|Scout||Home Maintenance Interest Badge||
Discuss the precautions to take against frost and explain how to thaw frozen pipes in a welling house and what immediate steps to take in the case of burst water pipes or gas leaks.
Clean a stove including the plates and oven. Know the safety precautions to be taken.
Change the mantle on a glass lamp or the wick of a paraffin lamp, and clean the glass.
|Scout||Cook Interest Badge||
Demonstrate your ability to use and maintain paraffin and gas stoves and lamps (primus, hurricane, and similar types).
Understand the dangers, and demonstrate the safety precautions to be taken in lighting, using and cleaning these stoves and lamps.
Demonstrate the correct procedures to be followed in replacing gas cylinders (including hiking gas stoves).
|Scout||Camp Quartermaster Interest Badge||
Demonstrate in camp the correct methods of:
|Scout||Safety Code Interest Badge||
Using safety checklist approved by your examiner make an inspection of your home. Explain the hazards found, why they are hazards and how they can be or have been corrected. Show that you know the dangers of hazardous articles, eg: