Fire safety and smoke alarms

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) say there is, on average, one fire in London every day involving white goods. Around 90 per cent of these fires are caused by faults beyond the control of the householder. 

The LFB are still attending fires where there are no working smoke alarms. Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home, and the safest option is to have them linked together – so if one goes off, they all go off.

The Council is working closely with LFB to make sure that we have appropriate fire safety measures in place across all our buildings. As part of this, we need to identify people who may be at greater risk in the case of fire, so they that we can take steps to improve their safety.

We want to identify people who:

  • live alone
  • have a physical, mental health or learning disability
  • live in social housing
  • are over 60
  • are single parents with a child under 15
  • are hoarders
  • smoke.

Their homes can then be assessed, and smoke alarms installed where needed. LFB officers can provide important fire safety advice. This is all free.

If you are concerned that your home may be at risk, or you know anyone who meets one or more of these categories, or would benefit from a home fire safety visit, please request one from the London Fire Brigade website, call 0800 028 44 28, or email

Please also let the Council’s Housing Management team know by calling 0800 137 111.