Understanding balcony fire hazards

Balconies may seem an ideal place to relax during the summer – but they have also been the setting for a number of serious fires. Fire hazards on balconies range from discarded cigarettes to heaters and barbecues.

This article studies how property owners and registered providers can minimise risk through careful design, and by educating tenants and residents on the hazards they face.

Topics covered:
• Understanding the risks.
• What can property owners and registered providers do?
• Top ten barbecue safety tips.
• Housing design.
• Educating tenants.