Fires in the home are the main cause of fire deaths.
You can have a free smoke alarm fitted by the London Fire Brigade by completing this smoke alarm form and returning it as requested.
Test your alarm regularly to check it is working.
Fire safety advice – your block
Communal staircases, corridors and balconies must be kept clear of items like large plant pots, prams and bicycles.
These will get in the way of people evacuating the building in the event of fire and could also fuel a fire.
Please contact us if you see damaged or open fire doors, or items stored in shared hallways and electric intake cupboards.
Fire safety advice – your home
The Fire Brigade gives this safety advice, which could save your life, and the lives of your loved ones and neighbours.
- Fit smoke alarms and check they are an approved standard
- Don’t smoke in bed
- Keep matches safe
- Don’t sit too close to a fire
- Don’t overload electrical sockets
- Check everything is safe before you go to bed
- Switch off electric blankets when in bed
- Have electric blankets checked regularly
- Don’t overfill pans and deep fat fryers
- If the oil catches fire – turn off the heat
Tenants who want to carry out their own electrical alterations at home must get consent from Barnet Homes beforehand.
Escaping from fire
- Know your fire plan. Visit knowtheplan.co.uk for advice from the London Fire Brigade.
- Keep keys to window locks by the windows, though make sure they are not on display
- Get everyone out as soon as possible
- Dial 999
- Crawl under smoke and fumes
- Block gaps around doors if trapped by fire
If you live in a flat or maisonette
Please follow this extra advice.
Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time.
- If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, you are usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you.
- If there is a fire in your flat, leave the building closing the door to your flat behind you.
- If there is a lot of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air will be clearer.
- Do not use any lifts in a fire, go down the stairs instead.
- Call 999 from any phone. Give them the address, including the number of your flat, and tell them which fire the floor is on.