Bexley fire hotspots revealed in LFB Fire Maps
PUBLISHED: 10:56 01 June 2011
Residents will have the opportunity to check out fire hotspots in the borough with a new interactive online map.
The London Fire Brigade have launched the service which reveals that Bexley has a below average number of incidents per month.
Residents can type their postcode into a website to see the number of fires arson attacks or hoax calls in their area and compare it to other parts of the capital.
There were 2,418 incidents from May 2010 to April this year and 369 of these were serious. Of the total number of call outs, 330 fires were started deliberately.
Bexley brigade borough commander Andrew Holcombe said: “Bexley’s firefighters have done an excellent job of making the borough safer in recent years but there are still some areas that are having too many fires.
“Local people can certainly take steps to make sure they don’t become part of next year’s fire map. “Half the people who died in fires last year didn’t have smoke alarms so my top tip would be to fit alarms on each level of your home and to test them regularly.”
This is the first time the maps have been published in the UK and are based on the Metropolitan Police crime map which was launched two years ago.
The Home Office also published crime maps in February which were criticised for being inaccurate as they attributed incidents to hubs such as hospitals and train stations instead of pinpointing their exact location.
Areas of central London had the highest number of incidents with Westminster recording 9,024 call-outs.
Meanwhile, Croydon had the most serious fires, with the brigade attending 638 incidents.
Mr Halcolmbe added that a large number of fires in people’s homes start in the kitchen and carelessly discarded cigarettes, candles and overloaded plug sockets are also the cause of incidents each year.
The London Ambulance Service told the Times on Friday it was not working on publishing any maps.
To access the map go to www.maps.london-fire.gov.uk/