Following a fire earlier in the summer at a non-Wandle residential block in east London, we understand that this might be a cause of concern to residents, and would like to reassure you that your safety is our top priority.
We have a legal duty to ensure your home is safe and we employ experts to regularly assess the fire risk to our homes and take action when needed. We also test gas and electrical safety frequently.
Where required, buildings are fitted with fire doors, alarms, smoke ventilation and other safety equipment. As well as these measures, your Neighbourhood Officer will check hallways and exits are clear from obstructions.
If you live in a block of flats, there is a fire action notice in the communal area, probably near the front door, telling you what to do in the event of a fire. Please read this information carefully. If the notice is missing, please contact us as soon as possible.
As well as the measures we take to keep you safe, residents also have an important role to play in preventing fires and keeping yourself safe should one occur. Some simple things you can do are:
- Always keep communal areas and stairwells clear
- Know your escape plan
- Make sure your electrical equipment is safe
- Take extra care when cooking
- Fit and test a smoke alarm
While the cause of the recent fire, which started on a balcony, and the reason for its rapid spread, are still to be determined, there are a number of things you can do to stay safe:
- Never use a barbecue on a balcony, or indoors. Embers from the coals and food float away, and can easily catch on curtains, nearby trees or grass. It is not possible to barbecue on a balcony safely, and it is not allowed.
- Dispose of cigarettes or smoking materials safely. Never discard them over the side of your balcony, as they could land on a lower balcony and start a fire.
- Do not use your balcony to store combustible materials that could cause fire to spread.
Remember fires on balconies spread more quickly because of the unlimited supply of oxygen to keep it burning and because it can be blown by the wind upwards and outwards to neighbouring balconies. Take a look at your balcony today – is there anything you can do to make it safer?
You can find more fire safety information on the London Fire Brigade website.
You can download Wandle's guide about fire safety here: Wandle_Fire_Safety_A4_4pp_Web.pdf [pdf] 227KB
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.