Planning a large public event? Running an event planning business? Taking your food truck to a festival? You need to be aware of the risks. Take a look at our advice about fire safety for events and let us know if you have any questions. 

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Fire Safety for Events 

There are a number of things you can do to ensure fire safety at a public or private event. If you are running a commercial/public event, you will need to successfully manage fire risks to ensure the safety of your patrons. 

Auckland City Council have created a safety planning guideline for events. Take a look through the guide to make a comprehensive plan that covers fire safety and other potential risks. 

Making a Plan 

The first thing you can do to manage fire risks is notifying your local NZ Fire Service. Let them know that you are having an event and what the potential risks might be. 

The organiser should consider instating a “Hot Work Permit” system to aid in the control of risks.

Make a list of the potential hazards at your event. Outdoor event risks often include extreme weather conditions and fire danger. Consult with your local firefighters to make sure you have a thorough evacuation plan. Part of this plan may be hiring personnel who are fire trained to staff the event, having a designated fire warden, and ensuring there are fire fighting devices available on site. 

If you need to have an open flame at your event, you will need to obtain a permit. 


If you are planning on letting off fireworks at your event, take a look at these fireworks safety tips. 

According to Auckland City Council, you need to carefully consider:  

  • the position of the launch site.
  • the buffer between the spectators and the launch site.
  • that fire fighting equipment is at the site and trained fire fighters available.
  • that fireworks should not be projected over areas of bush or buildings.

To let off fireworks at a public event, you will need to obtain a test certificate from the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA). You can find out more information on their website. You must also receive written permission from the NZ Fire Service or Rural Fire Authority.

Fire Protection Equipment 

If you work in event planning, event safety management will be an ongoing concern. You will need to make sure that functional fire protection equipment is available at every event. You will also need to make sure the equipment is functional (through inspection). 

If you run a venue that hosts events, you need to invest in ongoing maintenance for your fire protection equipment. Fire blankets, fire hose reels, and fire extinguishers need to be tested regularly to make sure they work properly. 

To manage fire safety for events at your venue, contact Jim’s Fire Safety today. We can supply, install, and inspect your equipment and manage risk. We can provide you with all the paperwork that proves you’ve met your safety requirements. 

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If you want to know more about fire safety for events, get in touch with your local council and find out what their policies are. If you need fire protection inspection services, call us now or fill in the online form for a free quote. 

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