20 Apr 2011

Free smoke alarm offer by Fire Service

6:44 am on 20 April 2011

The Fire Service in Rotorua is urging Maori to take up an offer of free smoke alarms as winter sets in.

Area manager Graham Fuller says Maori people make up a larger proportion of fire death statistics than anyone else.

The service has been installing smoke alarms since the start of the year and giving safety advice to people who are most at risk of having fires in their homes.

Mr Fuller told Waatea News that most fires in Maori homes are the result of unattended cooking and children playing with matches and lighters.