Fire prevention kits given to vulnerable Londoners
30 May 2017
LONDON FIRE Brigade (LFB) is providing more than 10,000 fire retardant bedding packs, night dresses, sofa throws, ashtrays and other fire prevention kits to vulnerable people across the capital.
New figures released by LFB show that last year, two thirds of those who died in accidental fires lived alone and over a third had mental health issues. One in three accidental fatal fires were caused by smoking. To combat this, LFB has targeted those most at risk from fire in London with bespoke fire prevention solutions ranging from simple smoke alarms to personalised sprinkler systems.
Just over £2million in fire prevention grants have been awarded from the Brigade’s Community Safety Investment Fund, which was set up to help protect individuals and communities across London that most need it. Examples of some of the approved grants include:
- £193,000 for three sprinkler systems to be installed in housing blocks and 150 sets of bedding in Southwark;
- £30,000 for water misting systems, smoke detectors and 180 sets of fire retardant bedding, nightwear and sofa throws in Camden;
- £28,000 for 400 arson proof letterboxes, 100 sets of fire retardant bedding and 50 sets of pyjamas in Bexley;
- £10,000 for telecare smoke alarms with provision for upgraded services to existing systems (to include inter-linked fire detection; smoke, fire and carbon dioxide detection) in Waltham Forest; and
- £9,700 for 45 sets of bedding, 75 sofa throws, 75 sets of nightwear, 100 carpet sprays and 130 ashtrays in Hackney
LFB assistant commissioner for fire safety Dan Daly said: “Our crews know their local community well and this fund has allowed Borough Commanders to apply for bespoke fire prevention projects to help those most at risk in their communities.
“Having a smoke alarm in every room of your home where a fire may start, other than kitchens and bathrooms, is the best way to ensure you are alerted to a fire if one starts. Additionally, initiatives and measures such as fire retardant bedding and personal sprinkler systems can help prevent a smouldering fire getting bigger and protect those people who have vulnerabilities that may inhibit their ability to escape from a fire.”