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Fire Risk Assessments for Estates can be found on each individual Housing Estate page.

Resident safety is of paramount importance to the City of London Corporation. We have an ongoing electrical safety programme where we routinely test and check our equipment including smoke alarms/CO detectors.

Advice from the London Fire Brigade

The London Fire Brigade advises that people who live in high rise properties should

  • have a working smoke alarm
  • make sure that know their escape plan
  • know what to do if there is a fire somewhere in the building

If a fire breaks out in your building, the London Fire Brigade advises that people are usually safer staying in their home but that they should leave if fire or smoke is affecting their property and it is safe for them to do so.

If you do have to evacuate, there are standard notices in our blocks telling you what to do. We are looking at the wording of these notices to ensure they are clearer.

Fire escape routes are clearly signposted and emergency lighting is regularly checked. We do advise all households to make themselves familiar with fire escape routes. If you are unsure of yours, then please contact your Estate Office and a member of staff will be happy to visit you at home and show you the route.

The advice we, and the London Fire Brigade, give if there is a fire in your property is:

  • alert everyone in your property
  • leave, shutting all doors, without locking them
  • if possible, alert neighbouring properties
  • leave the building
  • call 999 and wait for the fire service to attend. If safe to do so, wait by the entrance of the building to meet the fire service and to prevent anyone else entering the building

More information from the London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade (LFB) with specific advice for tenants in flats and fire safety at home guidance. You can contact the LFB directly with any questions.

Barbican Estate – Fire Risk Assessments

The 2016 Fire Risk Assessment is available upon request, please email your House Officer

More information

Download the Fire Safety Leaflet (78KB), the Barbican Fire Safety Leaflet 2019 (168KB) and the Fire Safety Protocol (222KB).

Download the most recent Fire Safety Update Report (104KB) and the Barbican Emergency Services Points  (242KB), across the estate.

FAQs grouped by the estate

Contact us

We understand you have may have questions in light of recent events. Please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can email us at:

Please add ‘Housing Fire Safety’ in the subject line so we can prioritise your email.

11 July 2017
Last Modified:
26 September 2019