9 Jan

Be safe during summer

Published: 2017-01-09
Summer safety

Here are a couple of things to help you keep safe during summer...

Keep fire safe this summer

  • Keep an eye on what you fry!
  • Don’t drink and fry! Save the beers for after you finish cooking.
  • Do not add flammable liquid to an already lit barbecue.
  • Never barbecue indoors.
  • Get rid of ashes and hot coals safely – they can start a fire for up to five days after. Pour water on the ashes then put in a metal container.
  • Do the ‘soapy water test’. Before using a gas barbecue, check the connection between the gas tank and the fuel line isn’t leaking. To do this, mix dishwashing liquid and water, then pour it over the connection to the gas cylinder. If it starts foaming, it means you have a leak. Get it checked before you use it.
  • And remember to put matches or lighters away after you light the barbecue so kids can’t reach them.


Keep Kids water safe this summer

  • Always keep under five year olds within arm’s reach, and in sight, at all times – whether at the beach, lake, river or at home.
  • Don’t forget, if you’re putting a paddling pool up this summer, it must be no more than 400mm high (that’s about as high as a bucket).
  • If you use your paddling pool, remember to empty out the water before putting it away. And remember, at the end of summer, store your paddling pool away for the winter months.
  • With planning and care, we can all have a safe and enjoyable time around the water this summer. For more information and water safety tips for this summer please visit www.watersafety.org.nz.


Get to know your neighbours

  • Keep their contact details handy. If you see something that’s not quite right about their property or see someone suspicious, give them a ring.
  • Join a Neighbourhood Support group – these groups work closely with Police and other organisations in your community to reduce crime, improve safety and prepare to deal with emergencies and natural disasters. Go to www.ns.org.nz to find out how to set up a group.
  • If you feel unsafe or need to address any personal safety issues around your house, please call us on 0800 801 601.


Are you going away on holiday

  • Leave contact details with your tenancy manager and neighbours.
  • Ask your neighbour, a friend or family member to keep an eye on your home and clear the letterbox. If no one can help, call NZ Post to redirect the mail.