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Fire restrictions lifted

As of 8am today, Wairarapa has moved from a restricted fire season to an open fire season, meaning permits are no longer required to light an open-air fire in the region.

Despite the lifting of restrictions, Masterton Fire Station officer Richard King wanted to remind residents of the need to remain vigilant and prepare for fire risks.

“People need to ensure that they monitor their fires at all times and have a water supply nearby,” King said.

“If it gets out of hand, call us sooner rather than later; if people have concerns, they shouldn’t hesitate to contact 111 immediately.

“Also, people need to check that all of their smoke alarms are working.”

As the weather gets colder, there are many things in the home that can cause a blaze to start, King noted, including old electric blankets and chimneys that haven’t been properly cleaned out.

“We also often get called to issues with hot ashes and so people should be aware that hot ashes can stay warm for
up to five days,” he said.

“When disposing of ashes, people should put them in a metal container and hose them down or place a metal lid on top.”

Another rule of thumb is that “all combustibles should be at least one metre from your heater and fireplace.”

At the same time as open fire restrictions were lifted, a ban on fireworks and sky lanterns has also been rescinded today.

    More information and safety tips on fires and staying prepared can be found at fireandemergency.nz

Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie is a journalist at the Wairarapa Times-Age; originally moving from Christchurch, he is interested in housing stories as well as covering emergencies and crime.

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