With winter fast approaching it's time to look at your fireplaces and chimneys
•Clean chimneys and flues before you light the first fire of the season.
•Always use a fireguard or spark-guard when using an open fire.
•Never throw rubbish into the fireplace – particularly batteries and aerosol cans.
•Always empty ashes and ashtrays into a metal bin and pour water over them before disposal. Remember that ashes can take up to 5 days to cool.
•Keep matches, lighters and anything else that can create fire out of reach of children.
Remember: Smoke alarms save lives
In her column this morning, Mayor Sheryl Mai writes about how to foster a "care-mongering" community from within our isolation bubbles.
"Neighbours are checking in on neighbours (via phone, email, online or over the fence), and phone trees are being set up to keep everyone safe. It’s a beautiful thing, and it’s a shared experience we will never forget. We are resourceful, kind, practical, caring and supportive."
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With everyone staying home, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to be fire-safe. People can find information on our website - fireandemergency.nz...
We’re heading into winter, and with households self-isolating together, there’ll be more cooking at home, and more use of open fires, heaters, and dryers - all things which can increase fire risk.
New Zealanders can be confident that Fire and Emergency is well-prepared and ready to respond to emergencies as usual during the nationwide self- isolation period.
Please call 111 if you have a fire, we will ask you whether anyone at the address is self-isolating or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Where this is the case, we already have necessary measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety including protective clothing, gloves, masks, safety glasses and mask.