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Five people rescued by London firefighters this week and other incidents.

London firefighters rescued five people from blazes in Croydon, Forest Hill and Ilford this week.

They also attended incidents that caused delay to tram services, an out of control bonfire that damaged gardens and destroyed sheds, and a rubbish fire in Neasden started by ‘deliberate ignition.’

London Fire Brigade personnel who attended victims in the aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack by 52 year-old Khalid Masood took part in a commemorative vigil on Westminster Bridge one week after the event.

LFB issued warnings about the dangers of leaving bonfires unattended and not fitting smoke alarms in homes.

Unattended bonfires – risks

If you are having a bonfire never leave it unattended and consider your neighbours when you do decide to have a fire in your garden.

You should make sure you build it well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges and never use flammable liquids to start it or burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans. You should also always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire.

Smoke alarms will save lives

Homes need multiple and linked smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop.

“As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor – in the hallways and the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen. They should be linked together and tested regularly.

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