Fire has the potential to threaten anyone, regardless whether you live in an urban or rural area, or whether you are at home, work or enjoying one of the recreational opportunities Marlborough has to offer.
If you live in a rural property, your home is at greater risk of being lost or substantially damaged in a fire because of the distances that rural and urban services must travel to reach you.
Fires in rural areas can cause loss of life, home, livelihood and possessions. They can destroy the natural environment and the many ecosystems.
New homes constructed with modern building materials can be lost within five minutes once a fire takes hold.
Anyone building a new home in an isolated rural setting should seriously consider installing an in-home sprinkler system - it's like having a fire fighter in every room.
All rural homes should have smoke alarms installed and regularly maintained.
Make sure that multi-purpose fire extinguishers are on hand inside the house and in any outbuilding.