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.

Find out more about fire safety

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

You can also watch our short guide to fire safety in your home to find out more about what we’re doing to make sure our homes and buildings are safe, as well as things you can do to stay fire safe in your home.

Visit our Winter-Ready page to find lots of advice and links to service to help you make sure you’re ready for the colder months.