New guidance has been released by London Fire Brigade for people who manage historic and listed buildings.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) fire safety regulation teams carry out fire safety inspections to protect people living and working in the capital’s historic buildings. The capital has around 40,000 listed buildings (2,000 of which are Grade I or Grade II listed), 1,000 conservation areas and four World Heritage Sites. The officers also advise the people responsible for them about property protection in order to prevent the buildings being destroyed by fire.

Due to the construction and layout of some of these historic buildings, fire can spread more quickly in them than in new builds and tackling such blazes therefore requires the consideration of different operations.

Developed by LFB’s fire safety heritage team, Guidance Note 80 (GN80) covers the following topics: historic and listed buildings; enforcing authorities; fire safety manuals; fire risk assessments; fire strategy; fire safety engineering; passive and active fire safety; damage control; salvage of artefacts and collections; working with fire and rescue services, and business continuity. GN80 is available to download from


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