London Fire Brigade News

London Fire Brigade Warns People Of Danger Of Chip Pans

LFB’s latest figures show chip pans still cause a significant number of fires in homes across the capital The London Fire Brigade has issued new statistics which show that chip pans still cause hundreds of fires across London each year.Many people think of chip pans as being from a bygone era but London Fire Brigade’s latest figures show they still cause a significant number of fires in homes across the capital.The Brigade used National Chip Week (21st-27th Februar...

London Fire Brigade Warns Schools Ignoring Advice On Installing Life-saving Sprinklers

LFB has warned schools in the UK which have not installed sprinklers on their premises for fire safety Sprinklers can significantly reduce the cost of repairing damage caused by a fire. Almost two thirds of new or refurbished schools planned for the capital have not been built with potentially life saving sprinklers installed, the London Fire Brigade is warning. This is despite Government guidelines introduced three years ago recommending they should be fitted. Sprinklers stop...

London Fire Brigade Uses Twitter To Expose Unnecessary Firefighter Call-outs

LFB is using Twitter to draw attention to the amount of time spent by firefighters on unnecessary call-outs London Fire Brigade is to use social networking website Twitter to highlight the amount of time its firefighters spend at call-outs to people who are stuck in lifts. On April 1, the Brigade will be tweeting every time it is called to help someone stuck in a lift. Last year, the Brigade attended nearly 10,000 lift call-outs but of these, just 67 were medical em...

Greener Fire Stations To Save Brigade £1m Over Next Ten Years

This blue box depicts the towering scale of London Fire Brigade's carbon use reduction Fire authority chiefs have given the go-ahead to a scheme that will save the London Fire Brigade almost £1million on its energy bills over the next 10 years.Under the scheme, ten stations will receive a green makeover which will help cut energy bills by £80,000 a year, saving a total of 440 tonnes of CO² each year – equivalent to the height of The Monument to the Great...

London's LIFE Programme Gets £1 Million Funding By Brigade

Brigade's flagship youth scheme gets funded 1 million GBP  The award winning Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) scheme recently celebrated its 500th course. The programme, which sees young people taking part in fire brigade related activities, was originally set up in Tower Hamlets in 2002 to reduce anti-social behaviour directed at fire crews. Since it began, nearly 5,000 young Londoners have benefited from the scheme and there are now nine LIFE centres across...

LFB Issued Forewarning To Mark National No Smoking Day

London Fire Brigade issues advice for smokers to prevent smoking-related fires In London, 14 people lost their lives in house fires caused by smoking materials and 121 people were injured in 2010. Since 2006, there have been 64 fatalities and around 700 injuries.One in three deaths that occur in accidental house fires is caused by cigarettes or other smoking materials such as matches and cigars, says London Fire Brigade.The warning is a stark reminder to people of the dangers...

London Fire Brigade's Overtime Cuts On Firefighters Should Save £2m

The London Fire Brigade's services will not be compromised by overtime cuts The London Fire Brigade has today revealed plans to save £2million over the next five years by cutting unnecessary overtime paid to firefighters. The announcement comes days after Home Secretary, Theresa May, warned of cuts to overtime pay for the police. According to a report being put to the Finance and Personnel committee of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) n...

LFB Tweets On Twitter To Keep Londoners Informed On Major Fire Incidents

London Fire Brigade’s Twitter feed will encourage people to visit for the fire safety information The London Fire Brigade launched its official twitter feed for the latest information regarding fire and emergency incidents and fire safety information.Londoners will be able to get the latest information about major fires and emergency incidents in the capital as they happen with the launch of London Fire Brigade's official Twitter feed.The launch follows a successful tria...

Fire Safety Breaches Lead To Fine On Greggs Bakers

Fire inspectors found a number of contraventions related to violations of fire safety laws in the shop In these tough economic times, it is important that companies do not take their eye off the ball, when it comes to making their business safe from fire. Greggs, the bakers, have been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £20,326 in costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the "RRO"). London Fire Brigade prosecu...

London Assembly Report On Fire Safety In Residential Buildings Highlights Importance Of Security During Building Construction

Building fires can be avoided if proper measures are taken during the construction phase Councillor Coleman moved an assembly motion in January 2010 for the London Assembly to set up scrutiny investigation into issues around fire safety in buildings. Responding to the London Assembly report on fire safety in residential buildings, Chairman and Leader of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Cllr Brian Coleman said: "The recommendations reinforce changes we ha...

Fire Safety Legislation Breaches Lead To Fines For Punch Taverns

Fire officers found a number of fire safety failings during inspection The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order places a duty on the 'responsible person' for the premises to carry out a fire risk assessment. A brewery has been ordered to pay £27,481 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety legislation following a prosecution brought by the London Fire Brigade. Punch Taverns PLC admitted guilt on seven contraventions of the Regulatory...

London Fire Brigade Will Promote 'Fire Safer Standard' Cigarettes

Cigarettes sold in EU must comply with a specified 'fire safer standard ' to reduce the fire accidents Cigarettes must be manufactured to have bands down the length of the paper. The number of people killed and injured in fires caused by cigarettes could be dramatically reduced, thanks to new life saving legislation, says London Fire Brigade. Following a campaign by the Brigade, the European Commission has agreed a "fire safer standard" on all cigarettes sold in the Euro...

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