December 22, 2018
Hangi hot spot for Fire Service
The Fire Service is warning people to take care when setting up the Christmas hangi, umu or barbeque.
Piki Thomas, the service’s national Māori adviser, says people should check any fire restriction in their area or whether they need a permit – there’s a handy website at checkitsalright.nz.
They should also keep fires at least 3 metres away from buildings or flammable material, and know what to do if something goes wrong.
"We have seen hangi set up inder big trees and ready to light in the morning. Just be careful. I know our fathers and uncles and brothers are good in setting those up in the same place but make sure you have a good water supply on hand, the bags are ready to go that have been soaking close by to the fire," Mr Thomas says.
People also need to be concerned about the quality of Christmas lights, as many of those coming into the country may not be up to New Zealand standards of electricity supply voltage.
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