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Fire safety

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In case of a fire emergency, phone the fire brigade on 999.

Preventing fires at home

Fire can kill, so it is best to make sure your home is as safe as possible and prevent fires.

You can find lots of advice on the government's government's website. In particular they provide tips on:-

  • General fire safety, such as installing a smoke detector, planning an emergency escape, making electrical goods safe, and using equipment such as fire extinguishers. 
  • Getting emergency support from the Red Cross after a fire
  • Accessing emergency housing via your local council

You may also find useful information in our Gadgets to help you stay safe section.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) website has advice on all aspects of fire safety, including Checking your smoke alarm.

Get a free safety check

You can ask the London Fire Brigade for a free fire safety check for your home. They can visit people and places where they know there is a greater risk of fire. This includes high risk individuals such as:-

  • older people, including people with memory problems or dementia
  • people with mobility problems
  • people with a sight or hearing impairment
  • mental health services users
  • learning disability service users
  • people liable to intoxication through alcohol / drug use
  • people who smoke

A combination of these factors will significantly increase the risk from fire, particularly for a person who is living alone.

The firefighters will give you advice about making your home safer, and will fit a free smoke alarm if you need one.

Go to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) website for advice on all aspects of fire safety, and to fill in the online form so that you can apply for your safety check.

Other information and advice

The Fire Service website provides detailed advice on fire safety, with leaflets in English and many other languages.

Shelter provide detailed advice on fire risks and preventative measures.

Easy read buttonThe Easy Health website has gathered various easy-to-read leaflets which gives tips on how live more safely within your home, and may be of particular use to people with learning disabilities.

Last updated: 07/07/2021