Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

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Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Fire and Emergency warns against burn offs while heavy winds forecast

Fire and Emergency warns against burn offs while heavy winds forecast

Forecasters are expecting heavy winds to hit Canterbury overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Fire and Emergency want anyone planning a burn to hold off until the region sees more settled weather.

Area Commander Dave Stackhouse doesn’t want to see a repeat of what occurred last week when two significant fires were fuelled by strong North Westerly winds.

"We had two large fires, which required a significant effort to bring under control," Mr Stackhouse says.

"We couldn’t put helicopters up because of the strong winds and that hampered our attempts to put the fires out. If the expected wind gusts occur over the next couple of days, and we have a fire, we will again be unable to bring in aircraft to assist with our firefighting effort," Mr Stackhouse says.

Fire and Emergency is also requesting anyone that has burnt over the past few weeks to go back and check their burn areas and ensure their fire is not still smouldering. If they discover it is, they should put it out with water, or ring 111 for assistance.

Mr Stackhouse is also encouraging Cantabrians to think twice about using braziers, gas cookers or carrying out farming activities that could cause an ignition while the winds are up and the fire dangers are high.

"These can be high-risk activities and with hot days and strong winds forecast, it just isn’t worth the risk," Mr Stackhouse says.

Fire and Emergency are expecting a second wind event to occur later in the week as well, with the weekend also likely to bring high winds.

If anyone sees smoke or fire they should ring 111 immediately.