Balconies are a great place to relax and enjoy, but it's really important to think about the safety of you, your family (especially young children) and your neighbours.
Keeping you and your family safe when using a balcony
- Make sure the balcony door is locked and the keys are hidden when you're not using it.
- If you have window opening restrictors, please use them.
- Make sure children are supervised when they are near or on your balcony.
- Don't allow anyone to lean over, sit or climb on the balcony wall or railing.
- Never stand on balcony furniture, or try to climb onto another balcony from your balcony.
- If you have young children, keep your balcony clear of anything they might be able to climb on.
Preventing balcony fires - know the risks
- Keep your balcony free from clutter. Make sure you're not storing anything that could restrict your exit in case of a fire.
- Never use barbecues (including disposables) on your balcony or store anything flammable eg gas canisters or bags of rubbish.
- Always ensure cigarettes are put out properly, and never throw ash or cigarette butts over the side.
Check your balcony regularly to make sure it's safe, and report any damage as soon as possible.