Plan your es­cape in case of a house fire

The New Zealand Fire Ser­vice’s mes­sage is sim­ple: Get out, stay out and then call 111.

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS -

Wak­ing up to screech­ing smoke alarms and your bed­room fill­ing with smoke is the stuff of night­mares.

But in New Zealand, house fires are all too com­mon – and all too dev­as­tat­ing. Last year, the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice at­tended more than 5000 house fires, some of them fa­tal.

But many of those fa­tal­i­ties could have been pre­vented with a lit­tle for­ward plan­ning. Here are some ways you can pre­pare for the worst:

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