Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

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

News and media

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Open fire season declared for whole of Canterbury

7 May 2024 | Fire Season Updates

Canterbury will move from a mix of restricted and prohibited fire seasons to an open fire season from 8am Tuesday 7 May, until further notice.

Honouring our firefighters on International Firefighters’ Day | Whakanuia Ngā Kaipatuahi

4 May 2024 | Announcements

International Firefighters’ Day/Whakanuia Ngā Kaipatuahi is a chance to thank and acknowledge the mahi that firefighters do.

Queenstown Lakes Restricted Fire Season revoked

3 May 2024 | Fire Season Updates

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is revoking the restricted fire season in the Queenstown Lakes fire zone in Otago from 8am Sunday, 5 May, until further notice.

Aotearoa New Zealand needs more career firefighters

3 May 2024 | Announcements

Aotearoa New Zealand needs compassionate and energetic team players to become career firefighters with Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Fire season changes for Marlborough

1 May 2024 | Fire Season Updates

The Marlborough South zone will move from a prohibited fire season to a restricted fire season from 8am Wednesday 1 May, until further notice.

Fire and Emergency’s top tips for staying fire safe this winter

29 April 2024 | Community Education

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has some simple steps to keep people safe from fire as the temperature drops.

Public reminded to take care with controlled burns

26 April 2024 | Community Education

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is reminding people across Hawke’s Bay to take extra care when undertaking controlled burns.

Open fire season for Manawatū-Whanganui coastal areas

23 April 2024 | Fire Season Updates

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is revoking its restricted fire season for the Manawatū-Whanganui coastal area.