London High-Rise Residents ‘Lack Escape Plans’

About 760,000 people living in London’s high-rise flats are at risk in fires because they do not have an escape plan, a report has found.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 50% of residents would leave their home if a fire was somewhere else in the block, even though that can be more dangerous.

It has launched a new website, to give tenants and landlords practical information.

The campaign is in response to a 2009 tower block fire which left six dead.

The Lakanal House fire in Camberwell, south London, led to a coroner making several recommendations including increasing public awareness of fire safety.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire – a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time.”

He added that all residents should be aware of the plan and stay in the flat “unless heat or smoke is affecting you.”

The survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of LFB questioned 2,899 adult Londoners and found that 60% do not have a fire escape plan and 50% would get out of their flat even if the fire was somewhere else in the block.

Across the capital that could equate to 760,000 having no fire escape plan, the study claims.

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Beware of floods’ electric dangers

Flood-hit householders and business owners are being urged to take care during the clean-up to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Hundreds of homes had to be evacuated after heavy rain left areas across southern England under water, but with people now returning to their homes and businesses and assessing the damage, the Electrical Safety Council is reminding them to stay switched on to the potentially deadly danger of mixing water with electricity.

Those faced with minor electrical damage caused by clean water should ensure all cables are properly dried out and any affected sockets, switches and plugs replaced, but those hit by more serious damage caused by contaminated water may have to have the affected parts of their property / business rewired.

Recent news…  On Wednesday 12 February, David Cameron announced a comprehensive package of new measures to help businesses hit by the recent winter floods. All affected businesses are to receive 100% business rate relief for three months and will also get an extra three months to pay the business taxes they owe to HMRC as they recover.