The number of fires in the capital has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1966, according to figures released last week by the London Fire Brigade.
In 2011 there were 26,845 fires, down from 55,063 in 2001.
In the same period the number of house fires has also fallen by 26 per cent, from 8,940 to 6,618.
The Brigade also says the number of incidents, including non-fire related incidents, firefighters have attended has fallen from 187,737 in 2001 to 115,126 in 2011.
James Cleverly, Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority which manages the Brigade, said: “These figures show that Londoners are less likely to have a fire than ever before and people are far safer as a result. Despite London’s population growing by almost a million in the last decade, the number of fires in the capital is at an all time low.
“The London Fire Brigade has worked incredibly hard to make London a safer city. Using a sophisticated approach, it has targeted those people who are more likely to have a fire and provided them with potentially life saving advice and smoke alarms.
“People across the capital are benefitting from the hard work of our of firefighters. However, whilst London has become a safer place to live, work and visit, there is no room for complacency. Brigade chiefs are committed to keeping people in the capital even safer, not least by preventing fires from happening in the first place.”