If a fire breaks out on your balcony, it can spread much faster than a fire inside the building.


  • Always use an ashtray if you smoke on your balcony and dispose of your cigarette butts as carefully as you would indoors
  • Keep your balcony clear of combustible items because they are an ignition source – this includes white goods, gas cylinders or any other flammable substances
  • It’s ok to keep plants and a few items of fire retardant patio furniture on your balcony
  • Enjoy barbecue food and eating outside by cooking on an electric grill or griddle pan inside your home – barbecues on balconies are a serious fire risk and are not allowed
  • Please ask Poplar HARCA for permission to barbecue in outdoor communal spaces so we can help make sure you do this as safely as possible.