Self-isolation efforts are underway across the country, but New Zealanders are being asked not to neglect fire safety at the same time.
According to Fire and Emergency Chief Executive Rhys Jones, more people at home mean more use of appliances and an increased risk.
“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.”
Rhys advises people to keep heating sources at least one metre away from everything, and to never leave cooking unattended. Those working from home may also like to ensure their plugs aren’t overloaded.
Now is the perfect time to be testing smoke alarms and making sure there is a fire plan in place that everyone understands and can follow.
Fire and Emergency services throughout the country are well-prepared and have necessary measures in place to protect themselves and others.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Southland area commanders Julian Tohiariki and Southland police chief Mike Bowman, along with St John southern territory manager Robin Eustace, say it will be business as usual in the south.
Extra resources are now on the front line, including in local supermarkets and other open businesses. They also wish to advise people not to be alarmed if they see personnel wearing protective gear, for it’s for the public’s safety.