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Your fam­ily’s es­cape plan starts with a safe meet­ing place. It might sound sim­ple, but it could save lives. In some cases, peo­ple who make it out of a house fire can’t find their fam­ily, so they go back into the burn­ing house only to never make it out again – when all along every­one is safe, they just didn’t meet at the same place.

Agree on a safe meet­ing place, such as be­side your let­ter­box or un­der the big tree out­side your house, that’s easy to find day or night and prefer­ably by the road so you can tell the fire ser­vice if any­one is miss­ing as soon as they ar­rive. And re­mem­ber: once you’re out, stay out. any in­stalled, do it to­day – the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice will even in­stall them for you. But a smoke alarm is use­less if it doesn’t work, so check the bat­ter­ies reg­u­larly too (the be­gin­ning and end of day­light sav­ing is a good re­minder).

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