Fire safety failures identified in over half of London care homes

London Fire Brigade (LFB) inspectors have found serious fire safety failures in care homes across London.

An audit of 177 care homes highlights the need for managers to urgently review their fire risk assessments in light of the  following serious fire safety breaches:

  • One in three premises with inadequate or poorly maintained fire doors
  • Widespread confusion about fire evacuation strategies, which should take account of home’s individual circumstances: location of immobile residents, methods of carrying out progressive evacuation of residents, minimum staffing levels, responsibilities and training
  • Fire risk assessments being carried out by people without the proper skills and experience
  • Roofs omitted from fire risk assessments (roof voids often increase the spread and severity of a fire)

LFB has written to all care homes in London to advise them to urgently review their fire risk assessments, emergency plans and staff training.

Download guidance on selecting a competent fire risk assessor  

Download official guidance: Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Residential Care Premises



For more information please visit the LFB website or send an email to this address.



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