Keeping your home safe from fire

The London Fire Brigade offer free home safety checks, free fitted smoke alarms and advice on fire safety to people who might be at risk.

Victims of home fire fatalities are often known to local social care, housing or other professional services. The London Fire Brigade will visit homes where the occupants are older people living alone, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people, to discuss the risks of fire and look for any visible signs of fire risk.

To help reduce the risk of fire and keep you safe:

  • Never overload electrical sockets
  • Never put candles near curtains or other materials
  • Never leave lit candles unattended
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
  • Make sure cigarette stubs are properly extinguished
  • Always fit smoke detectors and check them regularly to ensure that they are still working and preferably have one per level
  • Plan your escape routes from the house. If there is a fire you will know how to get out safely and quickly.

In the event of fire:

  • Get everyone together and get out. If there is a lot of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air is clearer
  • Stay out
  • Call 999
  • If you cannot get out, stay together in one room near an open window. Push a blanket or similar along the bottom of the door



If you need any support with making sure your house is safe from fire, contact:

London Fire Brigade Fire Safety
Address: London Fire Brigade, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 0LL
Phone: 0800 028 4428

In the event of a Fire Emergency dial 999.