This year is the fourth European Fire Safety Week, organised by the European Fire Safety Alliance with support from FireAngel, which brings together leading experts and decision-makers to discuss challenges around fire safety being faced across Europe.
By bringing together key stakeholders in the industry, best practice is shared to help solve the gaps in fire safety knowledge, data, legislation and standards across EU member states.
This year’s campaign focus will be on how to place EU citizens’ safety at the heart of the energy transition. Fire safety needs to be seen as an essential aspect of the energy transition and to achieve this, more awareness and investment is needed in gathering the insight, tools and competencies. This will ensure stringent fire safety in new forms of energy, transportation and circular construction.
European Fire Safety Week will also highlight important problems defined in the European Fire Safety Action Plan, a set of 10 actions around fire safety in the residential environment, created by fire safety experts.
The actions focus on a growing vulnerable community, dangerous reduction in escape times, energy transition, awareness of fire safety, data on residential fires and EU-wide communication and collaboration.
Throughout the week, 14th – 18th November, there are multiple webinars, workshops and live events to take part in. Each day offers unique insight and the opportunity to hear from experts working in the fire safety field, with webinar topics including protecting vulnerable people in society, how to ensure stricter compliance and how to define a holistic approach to fire safety.
Friday 18th November is also European Smoke Alarm Day 2022, putting smoke alarm ownership across the EU in the spotlight. This is the first official European Smoke Alarm Day campaign, launched by the European Fire Safety Alliance and the Federation of European Fire Officers (FEU), to increase awareness of the need for EU citizens to install smoke alarms in their residential properties and help reduce fire deaths all over Europe.
Approximately 5,000 people die from fire in Europe annually and the rate of fire deaths is 5 times higher in Eastern Europe than in Western Europe. Most of these deaths occur in domestic properties, however this figure could be reduced if more people had working smoke alarms installed in their homes. In many countries in Europe there is a legal obligation on homeowners to install smoke alarms, yet in other EU countries there is no requirement to do so. For more detailed information, you can view the interactive map on the campaign website.