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

Investigation into fatal house fire in Manapouri complete

Investigation into fatal house fire in Manapouri complete

An investigation into the cause of a fatal house fire in Manapouri, Southland last week is now complete.

"The fire was caused by a heater coming into contact with flammable material, likely bedding," District Manager Julian Tohiariki says.

He says the house had no working smoke alarms at the time of the fire.

"This was a tragedy for the family and our thoughts are with them and the community of Manapouri at this difficult time."

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is again reminding the public to be fire safe this winter.

"A fire can be un-survivable within just three minutes which is why it’s so important to get that early warning of fire from your smoke alarms," Julian Tohiariki says. You can’t smell smoke when you are asleep.

"Make sure you have working smoke alarms in all bedrooms, hallways and living areas - including caravans and sleep outs.

"Check they are working by pressing the button each month. Now is also a good time to make sure your family has a three-step escape plan," he says.

"It is important you keep flammable materials, such as clothing or bedding, at least one metre from the heater or fire."