Stay safe in temp accomodation says Fire and Emergency NZ

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Keep temporary accommodation fire safe says Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz).

National Adviser Fire Risk Management Pete Gallagher said there was anecdotal evidence more people were living in such  arrangements during the Covid-19 lockdown.

He urged people living in caravans, campervans, garages and sleep outs to take extra care to be fire safe.

While he appreciated people were doing this often with the best intentions to limit contact with others Fenz wanted to make sure that they did this as safely as possible.
“A lot of these spaces can be crammed and not set-up properly for living. As winter approaches people will also be using heaters more. All this poses an increased fire risk,” he said.

“Our crews have attended several fires in such accommodation in the last few weeks.”We are asking people to be extra vigilant.”

The risk of fire was higher under the lockdown and fire safety was more important than ever.
“We want to see everyone come out of this lockdown period safely.”

Fenz advice:

  • Install a smoke alarm – Fire moves extremely fast and a smoke alarm could save your life
  • Make sure you have an escape route and keep it clear at all times
  • Never leave cooking unattended – and don’t drink and fry
  • Do not overload your plugs
  • Never use candles in an enclosed space
  • Keep clothes, furniture and other flammables at least 1 metre away from heaters (fan heaters with a cut-off switch are the safest).
  • Keep in contact with those living near-by and ensure people know you are living in temporary living spaces