Feb 15

London Fire Brigade – Know your fire plan

Following the inquest into the 2009 Lakanal fire, where 6 people lost their lives, the London Fire Brigade has launched a new campaign and website to help landlords and housing providers act on their fire safety responsibilities and people living in flats and maisonettes in purpose built blocks to have a clear understanding of what to do in the event of a fire.

In order to publicise the message, www.knowtheplan.co.uk was created after the London Fire Brigade’s recent survey and recommendations, which found that approximately 760,000 of all high rise households, or more than half (60%) of all high rise residents don’t have an escape plan in case of a fire.

The Brigade found that 24% of Londoners live in a high rise or other purpose built block of flats in which worryingly only 40% said they had an escape plan of a fire in their property (Source: YouGov poll).

Rob Dobson, London Fire Commissioner said, “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.”

In result of this, the 12 month campaign launched to raise public awareness and communication between landlords and tenants of fire safety provides guidance and highlights what should be done in the event of a fire inside their property.

‘Know The Plan’ has three main aims:

• For all types of landlord and housing providers in London to check their responsibilities under fire safety law and ensure they communicate fire safety information for guidance

• Encourage people living in flats, purpose build blocks and maisonettes to visit the ‘Know The Plan’ website and learn what to do in the event of a fire

• Ensure individuals who live in purpose built flats and maisonettes know how to find fire safety information and who they can find it from

The chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, James Cleverly said, “Landlords and housing providers with legal responsibilities for flats and maisonettes need to act right now to ensure their residents are safe and understand what to do in a fire.”

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