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London Fire Brigade to run high rise flat safety fire lessons in schools

London Fire Brigade will today roll out an initiative in schools to raise awareness of fire safety. This will particularly focus on safety in high rise flats after the Lakanal House fire in 2009. Six people died in the fire at Lakanal House that was part of a 14 story housing block in Camberwell.

Specialist Schools team with the London Fire Brigade will be at a school in Waltham Forest from 8.45 this morning to talk to students. Pupils will be encouraged to pass on information to family members at home.

Faulty fuse boxes cause 5 house fires a week

Faulty fuse boxes are causing five house fires a week in the capital, according to new figures by the London Fire Brigade.

London Fire Brigade say faulty fuse boxes are to blame for 5 house fires a week Credit: ITN

They say defective wiring and components are behind the problem. New regulations are being announced which will require them to be flame proof from 2015.

There's been a five fold increase in fires started by fuse boards over five years.

It's believed the increase is because many homes have installations subject to product recall.

Also, sometimes the wiring is not fitted properly at the time the unit is installed.

Find out here if your fuse box unit is on the London Fire Brigade recall list.

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97 firefighters involved in Erith scrap yard fire

London Fire Brigade say that 97 firefighters and officers are now at the scene of a fire on an industrial estate in Erith.

They are working with 15 engines from stations including Greenwich, Plumstead, Erith, Lee Green, Sidcup, and Bexley fire stations.

The Fire Brigade have confirmed that over half of a scrap yard and an adjacent car workshop is on fire and that a number of vehicles are alight, as well as scrap metal.

Fire Brigade advises locals to keep windows shut and others to avoid area

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15 fire engines currently at fire in #Erith. Keep windows shut as smoke is drifting from the scene

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Over half of a scrap metal yard is alight in #Erith, lots of smoke, avoid area if you can.

Huge fire in south east London industrial estate

More than 80 firefighters are fighting a fire on an industrial estate in south east London.

They were called to the scene on Darent Industrial Estate in Erith earlier this evening.

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This photograph taken by a police helicopter shows the scale of the incident. Credit: Twitter / @MPSinthesky

It is believed that the fire was sparked in a scrap yard at around 6pm.

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Pictures posted online show flames and smoke billowing from a building. Credit: Twitter / @DreadedSarge

London firefighters on 7 hour strike

It's the second time firefighters have walked out this month Credit: ITV London

London firefighters have joined a nationwide strike today over changes to pension schemes.

Firefighters in the capital will walk out for 7 hours from 10am in protest at controversial changes to their pensions and retirement age.

The London fire brigade has warned it will not attend grass fires during the strike unless there is a risk to life or property. The capital's fire commissioner, Ron Dobson has urged people to take extra care with cigarettes.

He added: "There is contingency cover during the strike but it isn't a replacement for a normal service. The contingency crews will not attend a grass fire with no risk to life or property, so it's vitally important that Londoners help us stop them from starting in the first place."

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'Hazard zone' of 25 metres around gas leak

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A gas cylinder has ruptured on Kirtling Street in Battersea. We've put in a hazard zone as damaged cylinders can explode when unstable.

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We've reduced the hazard zone to 25 metres at the leaking gas cylinder incident on Kirtling Street in Battersea.

Safety advice after teens burnt lighting barbecue

Firefighters have issued safety warnings after teenagers were seriously burnt lighting a barbecue with bio-ethanol over the weekend. One of the men is critically ill in hospital, with 'potentially life-changing' burns to over 50% of his body.

London Fire Brigade has issued warnings about the use of bio-ethanol:

  • Only use bio-ethanol fuel in fireboxes and containers designed for the product
  • This fuel is highly flammable and should be kept in containers tightly closed and away from any ignition sources
  • Never add fuel to a burning fire or overfill a fuel container and never fill up a firebox fuel container that is still hot
  • Extinguish all fires when leaving a room or before going to sleep
  • Clean up fuel spills with a damp cloth and dry completely
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