Chip Shop Fire in Harold Hill London – Do you have a Fire Risk Assessment for your shop?

London Fire Brigade reported on their incident page that Firefighters tackled a fire at a chip shop in Petersfield Avenue in Harold Hill, London. The fire completely damaged the shop’s ducting – extraction system. Fortunately there were no injuries – click here to read more.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to clients: Don’t take a chance make sure you have a Fire Risk Assessment for your shop or if you do have one make sure its kept up to date. A Fire Risk Assessment will outline all you need to do to help you prevent a Fire and stop the Fire from spreading through the building. It will not only help you protect you property it will help save lives. It will outline exactly what Fire Protection equipment is needed such as Fire Extinguishers and Fire Alarms. Most importantly included in the assessment will be an Emergency Plan for your premise telling you how can evacuate the building safely. Contact our friendly team who will talk you through the process our advice is free! 01689 890879

Electrical Fire in Charles Dickens former offices in Covent Garden London

London Fire Brigade reported that a small electrical fire hit a café, which used to be the offices of Charles Dickens’ weekly magazine on Wellington Street in Covent Garden. The alarm was raised by an occupant of the flats above the shop noticing smoke in their communal stairwell. Smoke was coming from a unit in the basement and a member of staff tackled it using a foam extinguisher. Thankfully there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is believed to heating of the fuse board igniting insulation. To read more click here.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to clients: Do you have a 5 year periodical test certificate for your Electrics? If not you need one for your commercial premise. Keeping your electic’s tested and maintained is crucial. Remember also to carry out a PAT on you electrical appliances. Your Fire Risk Assessment for your café, shop, office or any commercial premise will identify visual deficiencies as part of the Fire Safety Inspection. If you need a Fire Safety Inspection call us now to arrange an appointment 01689 890879

Car Park Fire under a Residential Block of Flats in London, Marylebone.

London Fire Brigade Firefighters tackled a fire in a car park under a block of flats on Harrowby Street in Marylebone. The fire affected a small area of a basement car park and fortunately there were no injuries. The fire is believed to have been cause by the careless disposal of a cigarette. A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: It’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it. If you don’t, you risk causing a fire that could destroy not only your home, but also your life.” To read more click here.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to clients: If you have a Car Park under your block of Flats you should have a ‘No Smoking’ policy as it is a High Risk area. Signs should be displayed throughout the Car Park and the Communal area of the Flats. Click here to find ‘No Smoking’ signs. London Fire Risk Assessments manage many Residential Blocks of Flats in London for Property Management Companies and one of key deficiencies identified is Fire loading in Car Parks. Many Residents use this area to store their bulky items or items that they do not use on a day to day basis. It is the Property Managements responsibility to ensure this unnecessary Fire Loading is removed or placed in a Fire Resisting Cabinet. If the items are not removed and a cigarette ignites the stored items it will quickly spread through the area and if the Fire separation between the Car Park and the Flats is not up to standard you could find yourself in an emergency situation. Check your housekeeping and check your <a title="Homepage" href=" browse around”>Fire Risk Assessment is up to date? Do you have a Fire Emergency Plan? For any Fire Safety information contact our friendly team they are good at listening! 01689 890879

The start of a New Year is the perfect time to carry out a Fire Safety prevention check on your workplace or home.

Before you put all the Christmas decorations away – check!

How old are those Christmas tree lights? Are there any bare wires or defective lights? If so it may be time to replace them.

Are there decorations that you keep year after year and never put up? Perhaps it time to recycle and give them to a charity shop for someone else to enjoy!

By reducing your storage you are reducing your Fire loading!!!

Electrical fires are common in both workplace premises and family homes and many can be avoided by following some simple actions:

  • Don’t use imitation electrical chargers as they may be unsafe
  • Make sure electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark
  • Unplug appliances and chargers when you are not using them and at night
  • Check you are using the correct fuses.
  • Keep to one plug per socket
  • If you use an adaptor, use a fused ‘in line’ type.
  • Completely unwind a cable drum extension lead before use.
  • Commercial premises should check that their 5 year Periodical Electrical test is up to date.
  • Test your Emergency lighting.

Remember: scorch marks, flickering lights, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that low or circuit-breakers that trip for no obvious reasons could be signs of loose or dangerous wiring. Don’t ignore it – act on it!

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to clients: Sometimes we overload sockets without realising, there is a fabulous tool call the socket calculator – its quick, simple and fun to use click here to check it out. If you have any doubt about your electrics contact Electrical Safety First – there you will find a list of professionals that will help you plus tips and true life stories of how devastating defective electrics can be. Alternatively contact LFRA and we will point you in the right direction our friendly advice is free ring now on 01689 890879

Have you made your New Year resolution yet? What about introducing a Fire Safety ‘Bedtime routine’ – it will help keep you and your family safe at nighttime.

The London Fire Brigade state that “many fire deaths happen at night when most people are sleeping.”  That’s shocking and we all can do something about it!!!

Every home should have working smoke alarms that should wake you if a fire does break out but you can further reduce your risk by carrying out some simple checks before you go to bed – this is what London Fire Brigade suggest:

  • Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on, such as fridges and freezers
  • Do not leave electrical appliances such as mobile phones and tablet computers charging overnight
  • Check your cooker is switched off
  • Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher on
  • Turn heaters off, rake out fires and put a fire guard in place
  • Put candles, incense sticks and oil burners out and never leave them burning when you are asleep
  • Make sure cigarettes are completely out – it’s best to wet them to be sure
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Make sure escape routes are clear of anything that could slow you down in an emergency
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone you live with can find themEnsure mobility aids are close to hand for those who require them.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to clients: A simple bedtime regime could make a huge difference to the Fire prevention in your home. There is no greater gift than family – so why not protect them. If you would like further information on how you can keep your family safe from Fire please contact us and we will provide you with a our Fire Safety leaflet free of charge. Contact us now on 01689 890879 or click here for our contact form