A fire brigade has urged people to cancel their own plans for firework displays on Friday and attend an organised event instead because of planned strike action
Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England and Wales will walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm in a long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.
A second strike will be held for two hours from 6am on Monday 4 November, the day before Bonfire Night.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Serious emergencies will be attended, but smaller incidents won't so we are calling on the public not to put themselves at risk by lighting fireworks and bonfires."
London Fire Brigade reports that an elderly woman is in hospital after a gas explosion caused three buildings to collapse and damaged a further two in Hounslow, south-west London.
Three houses have collapsed and two others have been damaged following a gas explosion on Bath Road in Hounslow. Three people escaped from the properties before firefighters arrived and an elderly woman has been taken to hospital by London Ambulance.
Urban search and rescue crews are working to make the structure safe and ensure any fires are put out. Twelve people were evacuated from surrounding properties as a precaution. Crews have rescued a dog from one of the houses.
Six fire engines are at the scene with a number of specialist vehicles.
The Fifty Shades of Grey effect could be to blame for an increasing number of handcuff-related emergency call-outs over the past three years, London Fire Brigade said today.
Firefighters have been called out to 79 incidents of people being trapped in handcuffs during that period and the brigade advised people to "keep the keys handy."
Third officer Dave Brown, said: "Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out to could be prevented with a little common sense. I don't know whether it's the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up."
London Fire Brigade received 42 calls about the foul-smelling but harmless cloud of gas from Frnace than has wafted over parts of the south east - and announced it on Twitter in the style of Allo Allo character Officer Crabtree:
London Fire Brigade has warned against the use of joss sticks after a Christmas Day blaze injured six children in Southall, west London.
A Brigade spokesman said: "Lots of people use candles and joss sticks at Christmas time which is a concern for the fire service as they can be lethal if not used carefully.
"Many people think joss sticks are harmless, but they could quite easily have led to a major tragedy on Christmas Day for this family.
"If you're lighting candles and joss sticks over the festive period you should always make sure they're placed well away from anything that could catch fire and make sure you put them out if you leave a room or pop out."