Shining the light on fire safety
Firefighters are adding to Christmas cheer by stringing fairy lights outside the Auckland city fire station.
But the festive display aims to highlight a serious message, says senior station officer Sulu Devoe.
“You can enjoy Christmas, but do it safely,” he says.
“There are a lot of preventable accidents and fires that occur during the Christmas period.”
Mr Devoe says it’s important to check the wiring on Christmas lights in case it has become frayed, particularly if they’ve been used many times.
“If in doubt, get somebody professional to check it,” he says.
Other dangers during the festive season include barbecue gas cylinders, which need to be checked to make sure valves are not leaking.
Party-goers are also being warned not to start cooking after they’ve indulged in too much Christmas spirit.
“People often go to heat up food when intoxicated and then fall asleep,” Mr Devoe says.
Last year 33 people died in fires in New Zealand. More than half of all fire deaths occur in homes, mainly while people are sleeping.
Auckland city is the country’s busiest station, with more than 3100 callouts last year.
Mr Devoe says the lights on the Pitt St station and surrounding trees have had a good response from the public.
For information and fire safety tips, see www.fire. org.nz.