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.
Further information about response to fires including advice for older people and more detailed information about 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.
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