Fire safety campaign: a wrap up, and some important links

We’re nearing the end of the final, climatic week of our fire safety campaign, so it’s time to wrap everything up into one neat little package.

If you’re new, here’s what we’ve done so far:

So what’s the deal with our smoke alarm giveaway? Where we explain why we chose Cavius’ smoke detectors to give away as prizes. Over these past four weeks we’ve given away 36 with just four to go. Entries close Thursday 5pm; if you haven’t entered yet, just head to our Facebook page.

Fire safety in the home: Four key ingredients What four products/gizmos do you need to have in your house to minimise the risk, and effects, of a house fire? Click the link and all will be revealed.

Balloons Over Waikato gets a Chief response Not a great deal of fire safety information here, but rather an interesting interview with the pilot of a hot air balloon tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 11 September, 2001. This was one of the star attractions at this year’s Balloons Over Waikato.

We’ll use this last post to alert you to a few more, very important, fire safety links worth reading.

Make your own escape plan

The Fire Service website has a feature where you can design and print off an escape plan for your home or office. It’s nice and easy to use: draw a map of your place, put in the walls, furniture, doors and windows, and use the arrows to point out the best escape points.

Here’s one I’ve done for my office:

Fire escape plan office

And here’s one I’ve done for Big Ted and Jemima et al:

Escape plan for Play School

Come on guys, get Firewise


You know the jingle, now check out the official website. Get Firewise contains a whole swag of free stuff for teachers, from pre-school to secondary, to help educate students about fire safety.

The website itself focuses mostly on the Year 1 and 2 programme. Topics include how to call 111, handing matches and lighters to adults, and what sound a fire alarm makes. Sounds simplistic, perhaps, but think back to when you were five and six – would you know what to do if you found a lighter on the floor, or if your toaster caught alight?

Fire Awareness and Intervention Programme (FAIP)

If you know children who have difficulty answering the above questions, this programme might be for them. FAIP is designed for people under 18 who have tendencies to inappropriately light fires.

This usually voluntary programme is delivered in the home by a trained firefighter over the course of several weeks, and it has a massive 98 percent success rate.

The last publicly available statistics on youth fire-lighting are from 2008 and they are, frankly, a little confusing. What is clear, however, is there are enough such incidents to keep the programme busy.

If you know of someone who would benefit from the programme you can download the referral form here. It’s effective, and it’s free.

Cavius Smoke Detectors

Cavius smoke alarm in hand

We gotta put in one more good word for these guys.

Cavius’ world’s smallest photoelectric smoke detectors are fantastic if you’re sick of false alarms, tired of paying for new batteries every year or you’re after an alarm that isn’t a complete eyesore.

Check out their website for more information on the detector and details of where you can buy some of your own. Thanks Cavius, especially Peter and Steve, for your support.

One more reason to take notice

Fire in Hamilton after

This recent Hamilton fire is, alas, a prime example of what we’re trying to help stamp out, as these excerpts illustrate:

A lighter left handy for child’s play sparked a fire that ripped into a Hamilton family home today and damaged the entire building.

No smoke detectors were installed and it is understood a four-year-old raised the alarm.

…”All she said she saw was a little flame on a blanket and she went to the bathroom to get a bucket of water to put it out,” Mr Aldridge said.

”By the time she got back it was up in flames. It happened that quick.”

A small fire can take hold so very quickly. Smoke detectors could have alerted the family – who were outside at the time – sooner. If the four year old had panicked, or the fire had started while people were asleep, who knows how bad the outcome might have been.

If you do nothing else, please buy and install smoke detectors. If you’re serious about both fire safety and avoiding false alarms, buy the photoelectric kind – the Fire Service recommends them and so do we.

We’ve heard, over the past four weeks, plenty of anecdotes from readers and Facebook followers about friends and families who either had lucky escapes or lost everything due to lack of preparation.

At Open2view we spend most of our working week inside your homes, so home safety is something we all care greatly about. We certainly hope you enjoyed this series of articles and learned a few new tricks. And if not, this song shall serve as punishment:

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