Ahead of the 2024 European Parliament elections, Fire Safe Europe, IWMA and other 17 organisations representing the European fire safety sector call for the European institutions to prioritize fire safety in buildings and to develop and promote a consistent strategy with Member States for the fire safety of all people who live and work in buildings.
EU citizens, who spend 90% of their time indoors, are facing a silent crisis. Each year, the EU reports approximately 5000 fire-related casualties in domestic settings. These tragic incidents are often a result of outdated electrical systems, flammable household items, and inadequate safety measures in buildings. New fire risks emerge, particularly from the electrification of buildings. Innovations like solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, and heat pumps bring potential fire hazards due to increased electrical loads and maintenance challenges.
We call for the European Institutions to develop together with Member States a comprehensive EU FIRE SAFETY STRATEGY.
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