Using your outdoor space safely

If you have a balcony, garden or use of a communal space, it’s your responsibility to use it safely to prevent any fire risks. We understand that you want to enjoy the use of your outside space, however making sure it’s hazard free is important too.

Our fire safety rules are in place to help you stay safe when using your balcony and outdoor spaces. You can’t have any fires or naked flames on your balcony or communal areas at any time. This includes barbeques, chimineas, fire pits and candles.

Why aren’t I allowed fires or naked flames in my outdoor space?
If a fire breaks out on your balcony, in your garden or in a communal outdoor space, it will spread much faster than inside your flat. This is because there is more oxygen and external conditions – such as wind – to help the fire grow.

Keeping each other safe and well
Everyone is responsible for making sure that their home and block is as safe as possible.

We know that this is a frustrating time. The thought of not being able to meet with friends and family as safely as we have been over the summer months, is challenging for everyone. However, as the colder months draw closer, we want to remind everyone that social distancing restrictions still apply, and making sure you use your balcony and outdoor spaces appropriately is part of helping to keep everyone safe and protected.

Find out more about fire safety
Find out more about building safety on our fire safety and balcony fire safety pages.

We’re here to help
Everyone has faced extraordinary challenges, over the last few months. Many of these challenges look set to continue, impacting people in different ways.

Whether you would like financial support, advice on employment, to speak to one of our wellbeing team or a member of the housing team – we’re here for you.

Please continue to visit our coronavirus update page to find out all the latest updates on our services and how we can support you.