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your vision so be aware of the ob­sta­cles that might block the path to your near­est exit. Get your chil­dren in­volved by ask­ing them to draw a lay­out of your home in­clud­ing ar­rows where they can safely es­cape, and keep it on the fridge so it’s al­ways front-of-mind.

Once you get out­side, call 111 or ask a neigh­bour to.

To show you why you need an es­cape plan and a safe meet­ing place, The New Zealand Fire Ser­vice has just launched Es­cape My House, a 360-de­gree video ex­pe­ri­ence that gets you up close and per­sonal with a real house fire.

Con­fronting footage of a real house fire teaches view­ers how im­por­tant it is to have an es­cape plan, just in case the un­think­able hap­pens to them. To ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self, visit es­cape­my­ From there, you can go on to eas­ily cre­ate your own cus­tomised es­cape plan us­ing the on­line Es­cape Plan­ner tool.

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