Flat Fire in Paddington

London Fire Brigade sent Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to a fire in a block of flats on Hyde Park Square in Paddington, W2. An aerial ladder platform also attended the incident.

The fire affected an electrical plant room on the first floor of the eight story block as well as ducting – the building’s extraction system – between the basement and roof.

Crews remained at the scene for some time to ensure all the floors in the block were safe from fire and that any hot-spots in the ducting that remained were fully extinguished.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice: To comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 blocks of Flats should have a Fire Risk Assessment for the communal areas – part of London Fire Risk Assessments Inspection/audit is to assess the condition of the Electrical supply and distribution and to check that the facilities have been tested, inspected and maintained to BS: 7671 2008. In this case the buildings extraction system was an additional consideration for the Fire Brigade – if a hot spot in the ducting re-ignited the fire could possible have spread throughout the building. Any Ventilation or Extraction systems should be regularly inspected, tested and maintained to BS: 9999:2008 /BS: 9991:2011. If you are concerned check your Fire Risk Assessment and if your are not satisfied don’t be afraid to ask question it is better to be safe than sorry!

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Eleven Rescued from Enfield Flat

London Fire Brigade Fire Fighting crews rescued eleven people, including five children, from a fire in a block of flats on South Street in Enfield.

Before firefighters arrived the Brigade’s 999 Control officers gave fire survival guidance to a mother who was trapped in one of the flats with a young child and a baby. She was very distressed when she called 999 as she couldn’t leave her flat due to the thick smoke.

Control officers were able to provide vital fire survival guidance, including telling her to keep low and open a window. The control officer remained on the phone until firefighters wearing breathing apparatus reached the flat to rescue her and her two children and lead them to safety.

Control officers were speaking to other people in the flats and this allowed them to provide the initial fire crews arriving on the scene with rapid information on the location and number of people trapped inside the building so they could quickly identify where they were.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued eight other people from the block. Two of those rescued were taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service and a man was treated at the scene, all three were suffering from smoke inhalation. A woman and a child also left the building before the Brigade arrived.

A stairwell on the second floor of the block of four floors was completely destroyed by the blaze.

Five fire engines and around 31 firefighters and officers from Enfield, Edmonton and Chingford attended the incident.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice: To comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 blocks of Flats should have a Fire Risk Assessment for the communal areas – and part of the Fire Risk Assessments is an Emergency Plan. All Residents should be familiar with the Emergency Plan for their premise – Check your Fire Risk Assessment now it could save your life!!

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Firefighters investigate smoke at Bexleyheath Shopping Centre

Five London Fire Brigade fire engines and 31 firefighters and officers investigated reports of smoke at a shopping centre on Albion Street in Bexleyheath, this morning.

Around 400 people were evacuated from the shopping centre by staff before the Brigade arrived and there were no injuries.

Firefighters located and put out a small fire in an exterior expansion joint of the building, which is believed to have been caused by a discarded cigarette.

Firefighters from Plumstead, Erith, Eltham and Bexley fire stations attended the incident.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice: Would you believe itLondon Fire Brigade reported: “Last year around three fires a day in London were linked to smoking and half of accidental fire deaths were related to careless disposal of cigarettes Your Domain Name.” London Fire Risk Assessments would suggest that Commercial premises consider enforcing their ‘No Smoking’ Policy to the external areas of their premise.

Sahara Survival Challenge

Geoff Lee our long serving Fire Risk Assessor and valuable member of our team is back!!!

He has survived the Sahara Survival Challenge and raised an amazing £2350 for The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet.

Watch this space for more updates!!!

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives

The importance of a Smoke Detector!!

A couple living in Morden were thankful they had a smoke alarm in their home Web Site.

A Fire in their garage nearly spread to the rest of their house. The couple were alerted when one of their Smoke Alarms went off and woke them up, they smelt smoke and called the London Fire Brigade.

Have you checked your Smoke Detector lately??

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