Automatic fire alarms policy:

exemptions list

From 1st October 2024, London Fire Brigade will be changing its approach to how it responds to automatic fire alarms. Starting from October 2024, the Brigade will stop attending automatic fire alarms in most non-residential buildings, such as office blocks or industrial estates, during daytime hours – unless a call is also received from a person reporting a fire.


What buildings does this policy apply to?

Exemptions to this policy include:

  • Private Dwellings/Houses
  • Flats (includes high-rise)
  • Houses in Multiple Occupation
  • Mobile/Park homes
  • Houseboats
  • Hospitals
  • Residential care homes / Nursing homes / Hospices
  • Children’s homes
  • Specialised housing premises (e.g., sheltered housing, extra care sheltered housing, supporting living)
  • Student accommodation / halls of residence
  • Residential Boarding schools
  • Hotels/Motels/B&Bs and other guest accommodation
  • Hostels (e.g., homeless, rehabilitation) / Youth Hostels
  • Prisons / Young offenders’ institutions/other secure establishments
  • Heritage Buildings.
  • Schools.
  • Nurseries.
  • Buildings of substantial public significance identified as exempt by LFB.

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