Fire Safety & Prevention

On 1 July 2017, the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 came into force. This Act repeals the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1997, with immediate effect.

Information, brochures and guidance material related to this website, and this webpage will be progressively updated to reflect the requirements of the Act.

Fire & Emergency NZ Safety Tips

  • Clean up around the property prior to the summer
  • Prune trees, and cut vegetation before it dries off
  • Plant trees well clear of power lines
  • Keep the grass mown or grazed, especially around the house
  • Do not store any material or substance that could fuel a fire near the house
  • If you own an empty section, please keep the grass mown and clear of debris
  • Please take care when using mechanical mowing equipment as sparks from the equipment can ignite dry vegetation

Be prepared

  • Have a family plan to evacuate the property
  • Install smoke alarms in the house and check the batteries
  • Identify your property - clearly display your road/rapid number at the gate and at the house end of any shared accessway
  • Have a garden hose long enough to reach around the house connected to a tap at all times
  • Keep driveways and yards clear of obstructions to provide a clear path for vehicles
  • Know where the nearest fire fighting water supply is, and signpost access to the supply

Responsibility of property owners/occupiers

  • Under the Fire and Emergency NZ Act 2017 all property owners/occupiers have an obligation to keep their property free of fire hazards, i.e. long grass. Should Fire and Emergency New Zealand consider your property to be a fire hazard, you will be required to remove that hazard.
  • Any person concerned about potential fire risks at any property, rural or urban, should contact Fire And Emergency New Zealand on 0800 658 628

Keep safe

  • Phone 111 to report any fire
  • Evacuate everyone from the property
  • Stay away from the fire