A survey by London Fire Brigade has found 760,000 Londoners do not have a fire safety plan

Firefighters at the scene of a flat fire in Redbridge Lane East in February

Firefighters at the scene of a flat fire in Redbridge Lane East in February

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Hundreds of thousands of people living in high-rise flats and maisonettes in London are at risk for not having a fire escape plan, a report has found.

A survey conducted by London Fire Brigade (LFB) has found 760,000 Londoners do not know what to do in the event of a fire, with 50 per cent of residents saying they would leave their home - a move considered dangerous by the brigade.

In response to the findings, LFB has launched a new website, knowtheplan.co.uk, to give tenants and and landlords practical information.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire - a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60.

"Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time."

He added that all residents should be aware of the plan and stay in the flat "unless heat or smoke is affecting you." The YouGov commissioned survey questioned 2,899 adult Londoners.

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8:47am Fri 28 Mar 14

karola says...

How many of these high rise buildings are council flats, and how were they given planning permission without a fire escape plan?
How many of these high rise buildings are council flats, and how were they given planning permission without a fire escape plan? karola
  • Score: 5

8:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

karola says...

It would be interesting to know how many of these high rises are council tower blocks. Why is there no fire escape plan, because building regs should ensure there are smoke alarms etc in the common areas. These are required to be tested by a qualified person every quarter.
It would be interesting to know how many of these high rises are council tower blocks. Why is there no fire escape plan, because building regs should ensure there are smoke alarms etc in the common areas. These are required to be tested by a qualified person every quarter. karola
  • Score: 4

10:01am Fri 28 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

The cheapest way would be to have a mass screening of the film The Towering Inferno where every resident should be required to attend and see how Robert Vaughan calmly escaped, his dimple was slightly affected.
The cheapest way would be to have a mass screening of the film The Towering Inferno where every resident should be required to attend and see how Robert Vaughan calmly escaped, his dimple was slightly affected. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -12

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