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Balcony dangers from fire

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

What can you do to publicise the dangers from fire of using balconies, especially those of timber construction, for the storage of inflammable material or for other leisure activities such as barbecues?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London Fire Brigade (LFB) continues to publicise the dangers of fires on balconies, particularly following recent incidents. Communications work has focused on raising awareness around the careless disposal of cigarettes, storage of flammable materials and the unsafe use of BBQs. LFB is targeting communications at residents associations, organisations responsible for managing buildings and residents living in properties with balconies. Balcony safety is also being incorporated into the updated version of the ‘Fire Safety in the Home’ booklet.

A public-facing guidance note on balcony fires is currently going through a consultation process and will be shared with London Councils Fire Safety group to assist with both their safety messaging and tenant engagement. This will also be made available on LFB’s website.