HAVE AN AGREED SAFE MEETING PLACE
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).