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Fires can strike your house at any time, with no warning and may affect your life forever. Find out what you and your family can do to improve your family's response to a fire.



  • Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm. They cost around £5 and can be bought at most supermarkets, DIY stores and electrical equipment shops. 
  • There is more information on the London Fire Brigade's website about smoke alarms on how to install them and test them.


  • If a fire does occur within your household, make sure that you remain at a low level. This prevents you from inhaling as much smoke as you would normally inhale at your standing height.
  • Keep all doors and windows closed that you do not need to open. This prevents the fire from spreading as quickly as it would if you left them open.
  • Further information about response to fires including advice for older people and more detailed information about escaping from a fire can be found on London Fire Brigade's website.


  • When evacuating from a building that is on fire, make sure you take the safest route.
  • If it is safe to do so, grab your pre-prepared 'GRAB BAG'.
  • Ensure that everyone is out of the building.
  • If a person or people are missing, do not re-enter the building yourself. Leave this to the Fire Brigade as they have the equipment and training to get people out safely.


  • Once a fire has occurred the London Fire Brigade will assess your building and advise you of any apparent structural or other defects.
  • More information on what to do after a fire and the support that is available after a fire can be found on the London Fire Brigade's website.

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