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    The bad news about Fire
    Did you know Fire Service statistics show that, on average, 550 New Zealanders are killed or injured in fires every year. Most people do not understand the true nature of house fires, which can be summed up in 4 points:

    1. Fire is black. In a real fire you are blind. You cannot see the fire, it is black, hot and scary. The blackness can completely disorientate you.

    2. A fire's smoke will kill you. When you are asleep you cannot smell. The smell of fire will not awaken you. Carbon monoxide will numb your brain and you will die in your sleep.

    3. Heat alone will kill you. It is deadly. The heat of a fire can kill you in seconds. One breath can burn your lungs and your body will shut down. You don't even have to be near the flames.

    4. There is no time to think. During a fire time is your biggest enemy. You must act quickly. Without an escape plan you are trapped. You must have a plan.  


    Knowledge of Fire
    The good news for you - Smoke detectors are designed to provide early warning of fires, by monitoring the air 24 hours a day. At the first evidence of smoke an alarm is immediately triggered, ensuring precious time to shepherd your family to safety and take action before the flames spread. Just by installing a smoke alarm you can increase your family's chance of surviving a fire by 50%. It could be the best investment you ever make.

    Smoke detectors are easy to install and are battery operated (which means no wiring is required), with an audible signal to warn when the battery is low. An easy access test switch ensures fault-free operation and all detectors are supplied 'ready to go' with batteries.
    (Batteries usually last one year).  


    About 45 is the correct angle for cross-cut sawing. Useful hint: Pointing the first finger down the saw will help balance and gives better control.  

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