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Fire brigade's safety concerns over e-cigarettes

London Fire Brigade have issued a warning over the use of e-cigarettes after a fire in Barking on Saturday was linked to the equipment.

A woman was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after the blaze and investigators believe the fire was caused by an incompatible e-cigarette charger.

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“The danger is that people sometimes use incorrect chargers which runs the risk of over-charging, which can potentially have explosive results," Charlie Pugsley, from the London Fire Brigade Fire Investigation Team said.

“As with all rechargeable electrical equipment, it’s vitally important that people use the correct type of charger for their e-cigs to prevent fires which can be serious and could even result in death.”

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LFB: 'Safer to stay in flat if fire is elsewhere in block'

Londoners are safer to stay in their flat if a fire is occurring elsewhere in a block, London Fire Brigade has said.

The advice comes after a survey found that 50 per cent of Londoners would get out of their flat even if the fire was elsewhere in a block.

The advice is part of London Fire Brigade's 'know the plan' campaign. Credit: PA Wire

"Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it's important to know that your fire plan should be different," London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said.

"Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire - a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time.

"If there is a fire elsewhere in the building but not inside your home, you're usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you."

Just 40% of Londoners have fire escape plan

A YouGov poll commissioned by London Fire Brigade found:

  • Just 40% said they had an escape plan in the event of a fire in their flat or maisonette
  • Half of residents said they would get out if there was a fire outside their flat but in their building while 44% said they would stay put
  • Around 71% said they would get out if there were a fire in their flat, 24% said they still would stay inside to call 999 rather than getting straight out

Thousands of Londoners 'do not have fire escape plan'

Hundreds of thousands of people living in high-rise buildings are at risk because they do not have a fire escape plan, a new report suggests.

The 'know your plan' campaign follows the deaths of six people in a tower block in 2009. Credit: PA Wire

Research by London Fire Brigade found that over 60 per cent of all high-rise residents living in flats and maisonettes do not have a fire escape plan.

Half of all residents said they would leave their home even if a fire was somewhere else in the block which London Fire Brigade says can be the most dangerous thing to do.

The brigade have launched the 'Know the plan' campaign to highlight the issue following recommendations made by the coroner after an inquest into six people who died in a tower block in Camberwell, south London in 2009.

London Fire Brigade urging high rise residents to be safe

Thousands of people who live in high rise flats or maisonettes could be at risk of fire danger because they have not planned an escape route. London Fire Brigade found half of people would leave their home in the fire was somewhere else in their block which may not be the best thing to do.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said'Flats and masonettes are built to give some protection from fire - a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes. You are usually safer staying in your flat unless the heat or smoke is affecting you'

London Fire Brigade have now started a campaign to launch awareness of the risks.

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Window cleaners rescued by fire brigade

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We're rescuing two window cleaners who are stuck in their cradle on 3rd floor level of an office block on Great Tower Street, EC3. More soon

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Great Tower St rescue update - our skilled rope rescue crews are assisting the window company in bringing the two men back to ground level.

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Great news from Great Tower St, EC3! The two male window cleaners have been brought down to earth. Thankfully both are uninjured.

Fall in deliberate fires started in London

The number of fires started deliberately in London has fallen sharply over the past decade, partly because fewer cars are being abandoned and set on fire, new figures have revealed.

The London Fire Brigade said it attended 81 deliberate fires a week last year, compared to an average of 644 in 2003/4.

One of the reasons for the sharp decline is the increasing scrap value of cars, making it less likely they will be abandoned.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:

"Over the last decade the brigade has worked extremely hard alongside its partners in the police and local councils to make it more difficult than ever for mindless vandals to endanger the lives of Londoners by setting fire to rubbish and vehicles left in our streets."

– London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson

Kensington and Chelsea has seen the biggest fall in arson attacks.

"Our twice-weekly domestic rubbish collections and regular street cleaning helps remove the materials that people can use to start fires, as does the work our officers do in spotting potential problems and reporting them."

– Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

London Fire Brigade: 'Sprinklers save lives'

House providers are being urged to fit their properties with sprinklers in order to protect vulnerable residents in the event of a fire.

With more than ten fires per week in London's care homes and sheltered accommodation, installing sprinklers can save lives, according to the London Fire Brigade.

Assistant Commissioner Steve Turek said: " We are especially concerned about those people who are most at risk of fire such as those with mobility or mental health problems or people with dementia who may not know how to react, or be able to react quickly enough, if they hear a smoke alarm".

The London Fire Brigade has announced a £100k competition to encourage more housing providers to install sprinklers in homes where vulnerable Londoners can be at most risk from fire.

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