Fire safety measures in council housing

  1. Fire safety measures
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Fire safety measures

There are a number of measures taken to ensure fire safety in council homes.

Smoke alarms

The fire service recommends that all households have smoke alarms fitted. This gives extra time for you and others to escape from a fire.

Getting a smoke alarm 

All our properties are let with smoke alarms as standard and we provide replacement smoke alarms free of charge. The smoke alarms have a 10 year battery life and we would recommend that you test these regularly.

Your housing area team can arrange for smoke alarms to be fitted into council properties for all tenants, leaseholders and co-operative residents. Contact your area team.

The London Fire Brigade also provide and fit smoke alarms free of charge. Contact them on 0800 028 4428 or email


If you fit your own smoke alarm, make sure it is checked and tested.

Please remember to test your smoke alarm regularly, at least once per month.

Fire compliant front doors

Fire control and safety within blocks relies on any fire being contained either within a flat or within a communal area such as a landing or corridor.

A fire resistant front door will help prevent a fire from spreading into or out of your property to allow time for the Fire Brigade to attend and deal with the incident. All our tenanted properties are fitted with front doors that are 30-minute fire resistant. This is the time felt sufficient to allow the fire brigade to attend a fire. The door should also be fitted with a working self closing device. If you have any concerns contact your area team.


Under Clauses 2 and 5 of the standard form of lease between the Council and its leaseholders, the Council applied regulations relating to the management of a property. As from 1st October 2017, for the safety of our residents and their neighbours, the Council made an addition to these regulations, which reads as follows: 'To prevent the spread of fire between your Flat and the common parts, the Lessee must ensure that their front door complies with the relevant building regulations at the time the door was fitted or altered. The door should have a working self closing device.'

For more information read our fire doors information sheet.

Fire notices

Fire Action Notices are displayed in the ground floor lobby of every block across the Borough and should be read. Regular inspections are carried out by Estate Services Officers, but if you see any damaged signs you should report this to Estate Services on 020 8871 7446 or 7445.

Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs)

We undertake regular Fire Risk Assessments to all communal areas of its blocks. These are reviewed regularly.  The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate the risk to people from fire, taking into account existing fire safety measures and to determine whether additional measures are necessary. Areas that are looked at include:

  • Measures to reduce the risk of fire and the risk of the spread of fire
  • Means of escape from fire
  • Measures to ensure escape routes can be safely and effectively used
  • An emergency plan, including procedures for residents in the event of a fire
  • Measures to mitigate the effects of fire

Sprinkler system

We have taken the decision to retro-fit sprinklers as an additional fire safety measure in all its tower blocks of ten storeys and above.

If you have any concerns about fire safety please contact your area team. 

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