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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

Kitchen fire prompts reminder to never leave cooking unattended

Kitchen fire prompts reminder to never leave cooking unattended

A Tawa resident had a close call last night (Thursday 15 October) when their house filled with smoke after a pot caught fire when it was left unattended on the stove.

Volunteer firefighters rescued the resident and assisted them out of the house to safety.

Area Manager Dave Key says this is a timely reminder to make sure you never leave cooking unattended - even briefly.

"Fire is quick and can totally consume a room in just three minutes. If you need to leave the stove when cooking for any reason - to go bathroom, take a phone call or deal with the kids - make sure you switch it off until you get back," says Dave Key.

The fire also shows the importance of having working smoke alarms.

"The occupant was lucky their neighbour heard the smoke alarms and called 111 before the fire spread any further through the house," says Dave Key.

"It’s a simple fact that working smoke alarms save lives. So make sure you press the button and check yours."

More fire safety tips can be found at https://fireandemergency.nz/at-home/