TAMWORTH'S Fire and Rescue crews have called for country music visitors to exercise caution while cooking during the festival fun.
Launching their annual festival safety campaign, crews have warned revellers to take care while using gas bottles and other forms of ignition while cooking.
Entering its third year, the campaign has proved to be a success as no fires have been reported since its inception.
Fire and Rescue zone commander Tom Cooper said crews would have a strong presence in Tamworth during the festival.
"Our campaign is called Don't Be A Disaster Chef and we will be handing our drink coasters, as well as our 'keep looking while cooking' spoons to help drive the message home," Mr Cooper said.
"Our crews will be checking in on campers and caravans all over town - making sure they have smoke alarms in them and supplying them with batteries if needed.
"It's all about safety, and we're asking all campers to be aware of their fire safety and take care with gas and things like that."
The region's Fire and Rescue crews have already experienced a busy summer, offering assistance during bushfire fighting efforts in Jindabyne and Cooma.
"We have had a busy fire season so far and the last thing we want is to be fighting a preventable fire," Mr Cooper said.
"This campaign has been very successful over the past two years, but that is no reason to get complacent.
"That's why were calling on everybody to take care - because the last thing we want is a fire that may spoil the festival."
Mr Cooper said the best way to avoid cooking mishaps was for festivalgoers to eat in local restaurants.
"If you're out and about having a few drinks, having something to eat while you are it as a good way to go," he said.
"There's plenty of choice for great food in Tamworth and as well as being a safe option it will also help support local business."