Free alarms part of cam­paign

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

North­land homes are among the first to re­ceive free fire alarms in a safety cam­paign to co­in­cide with the be­gin­ning of day­light sav­ing.

It is hoped the donation by in­surance com­pany AMI will turn around statis­tics show­ing that of 659 house fires in North­land over the past five and a half years, 440 were in homes with­out work­ing smoke alarms.

Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand’s North­land area man­ager Wi­pari Hen­wood last week re­ceived 500 alarms from AMI, out of a na­tion­wide donation of 1500 by the com­pany.

They will be in­stalled in houses as part of home safety vis­its by Fire and Emer­gency, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and three iwi or­gan­i­sa­tions cov­er­ing the re­gion’s ge­o­graph­i­cal spread.

“North­land has many re­mote, iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties. By part­ner­ing with these or­gan­i­sa­tions we are able to help peo­ple that we would not oth­er­wise be able to reach to pro­tect them­selves,” Hen­wood said.

The iwi groups in the part­ner­ship are He Iwi Ko­tahi Ta­tou Trust Mo­erewa, Whakawhiti Ora Pai Te Kao and Te Ru­nanga o Te Rarawa.

The first alarm was in­stalled in a Corks Rd house which Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity had sup­plied to a Whanga¯ rei fam­ily in re­cent years.

Eve Whitwell, from AMI, said the in­surer was proud to do­nate the alarms to such a good cause.

The in­stal­la­tion was timed to pair with the mes­sage for peo­ple to check home smoke alarms twice a year, when day­light sav­ing starts and ends.

Peo­ple are also be­ing re­minded to have an alarm in every bed­room, liv­ing room and hall­way.

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