We have a legal duty to make sure that all fire escapes and fire routes are kept clear at all times. Communal areas of your building must be kept free of obstructions that could:
- contribute to the spread of fire
- prevent escape in the event of fire
- stop firefighters from doing their job, or
- injure people by causing trips or falls
We understand that storage space in flats can be limited. However, for everyone’s safety, it’s very important that any personal possessions are kept inside your home and not left in places that put you and your household at risk.
If you live in a home with a balcony, you should also try to keep it clear. If your balcony is cluttered it can contribute to the spread of fire and prevent the fire services from doing their jobs properly.
You shouldn’t barbecue on your balcony.