Keeping Safe with Fire These Holidays

People enjoying holidays are asked to be vigilant about the risk of fire over the holiday period, as all of Canterbury, including Waimakariri, is in a restricted fire season. Some areas in Christchurch are also under a fireworks ban.

During a restricted fire season, most fires require a permit from Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

People can keep up to date with rules around lighting fires by checking it’s alright before you light at www.checkitsalright.nz. Playing it safe by checking could stop a devastating wildfire and save a lot of grief if it all goes wrong.

"People need to take the fire risk seriously and follow the fire season,” says Fire and Emergency NZ Region Manager Paul Henderson.

"Please don’t let off fireworks in Canterbury over summer. It’s too risky with the heat and extreme dryness in the area."

Fire and Emergency is continuing to closely monitor the weather conditions and the fire status in the Waimakariri could change at any time. On the day you are wanting to light a fire, go to www.checkitsalright.nz to check the fire danger level and find out if you need a permit for the specific type of fire. If the fire danger level is too high, hold off lighting a fire.

Outdoor Recreation

Using your gas or charcoal barbecue, pizza oven, small brazier and outdoor heater is okay in a restricted or prohibited fire season. You can also have a hangi or umu. But, make sure to check the rules and fire conditions for the day you are planning them and stay safe this summer.

Check Old Fires

If you’ve had a fire or burn off in the last couple of months, it’s worth checking it’s fully extinguished.  Fires have been known to reignite weeks after the initial fire has been put out. Dig right down, pour water over it and check with the back of your hand that it is completely out.

Go to www.checkitsalright.nz for more advice on how you can keep safe with fire these holidays.