Types of emergency


As most fires in the home start accidentally, it's important to carry out a few simple safety checks.

The London Fire Brigade website outlines several ways this can be done including requesting a home safety check.

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.

Take steps to be prepared

  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and test them weekly
  • Plan an evacuation route out of your home in case your normal way out is obstructed, ensure this route is kept clear of any obstructions and notify all members of the household
  • Ensure that all members of the household are aware that in the event of a fire it is important to stay low to decrease smoke inhalation
  • 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
  • Prepare a grab bag and leave it in an easily accessible place so you can collect it in the event of evacuation, only when safe to do so

Further information about response to fires including escaping from a fire can be found on the London Fire Brigade's website.


Once a fire has occurred the 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 can be found on the London Fire Brigade's website.

Page last updated: 17 May 2022