A balcony is a platform projecting from the wall of a building, supported by columns or console brackets, and enclosed with a guard rail, usually above the ground floor. 


If your home has a balcony the following items are not allowed to be kept or stored on your balcony for fire safety purposes - 

  • Barbeques – falling embers from a BBQ can burn items on your balcony and others around you. 
  • Fireworks – never use or set off fireworks of any type from your balcony, this includes sparklers. 
  • Reed fencing – never install reed fencing or other combustible screening. 
  • Outdoor patio heater – you must not use an outdoor patio heater (gas or electric) or a flame pit. 
  • Gas Cylinders or any item containing flammable liquid must not be kept or stored on your balcony. 
  • Cigarettes – do not dispose of cigarettes by flicking them of the side of your balcony. 
  • White and electrical goods – such as fridges and tumble dryers must not be stored on your balcony.  They are not suitable for outdoor use and could start a fire. 

What you can do to assist to keep yourself safe: 

You can keep plants and flowers and a few items of patio furniture, but please keep items to a minimum by removing rubbish and clutter.  

To learn more about balconies please see A guide to Balconies and Fire safety.



Balconies Guidance Leaflet