10 actions that will improve Fire Safety in Europe

Most fires occur in homes and almost all are preventable. With the minimum of effort, we can protect thousands of people in Europe against fire. Because fire safety is a co-production, we aim at (multidisciplinary) cooperation. For that reason we present 10 actions in the European Fire Safety Action Plan.

The European Fire Safety Alliance is an independent alliance of fire professionals and exists to reduce the risk from fire.

Upcoming events

17octalldayalldayclosing date for applications European Fire Safety Award 2023 has been extended until October 17th.(All Day: tuesday)


All Day (Tuesday)

08nov(nov 8)10:0009(nov 9)16:00EU Energy Storage Systems Safety Conference 202310:00 - 16:00 (9) Arnhem, Netherlands


Event Details

In 2021 and 2022, Netherlands Institute for Public Safety (NIPV) hosted two digital editions of the EU
Energy Storage Systems Safety Conference. In 2023, NIPV organizes a two-day physical edition of
this event at their location in Arnhem. The first day will be science and research based presentations
about the newest research and state of the art knowledge regarding the safety of Energy Storage
Systems (ESS). The second day aims to learn from Dutch field experiences: site-visits combined with
several lectures at different locations in the Eastern part of The Netherlands. Examples are the
regional fire brigade of Gelderland-Midden and ElaadNL. Attendants will travel this day with busses
from and to the different event-locations.

The main audience for the conference is professionals working in the field of the safety of ESS and
related research. Professionals could for example be the staff from fire brigade concerned with the
incident response, but also with risk mitigation, prevention or policy advisors. They could also be
employees from regional/national utility compagnies, as well as officials in municipalities concerned
with the licensing of ESS. Last but not least, industry is welcome to join this conference.


8 (Wednesday) 10:00 - 9 (Thursday) 16:00



Arnhem, Netherlands


Netherlands Institute for Public Safety (NIPV)

13nov(nov 13)10:0017(nov 17)17:00European Fire Safety Week 2023 (5th edition)10:00 - 17:00 (17) Brussels, Belgium


13 (Monday) 10:00 - 17 (Friday) 17:00


Brussel, Belgium + EU Member States

Brussels, Belgium

17nov08:0017:00European Smoke Alarm Day (2nd edition)08:00 - 17:00 Brussels, Belgium


(Friday) 08:00 - 17:00


Brussel, Belgium + EU Member States

Brussels, Belgium

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The European Fire Safety Action Plan ’10 actions that will improve Fire Safety in Europe’ focusses on fire safety in the residential environment. Because fire safety is a co-production. Only through (multidisciplinary) cooperation the fire safety of Europe’s citizens can be improved.

Fire fighters with home on fire

The growing vulnerable community

Each year in the European Union fire deaths total around 5,000 with ten times that many injuries, according to conservative estimates. When it comes to fire, special attention needs to be paid to Europe’s growing vulnerable community. The measures taken must include a combination of influencing fire-safe behaviour, initiating the application of technical provisions such as early detection and automatic extinguishing, and implementing building regulations that fit the requirements of the (vulnerable) risk groups.

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Furniture on fire

Dangerous reduction in escape times

The time to escape in case of a fire is decreasing while more and more people need more time to escape. Measures need to be taken to improve the available time to escape in case of a fire. These measures must include the introduction of a EU-wide standard for fire-safe upholstered furniture and mattresses, the broad application of smoke detectors and the evaluation and improvement of the functioning of Lower Ignition Propensity (LIP) cigarettes.

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Energy Transition

Fire safety needs to be seen as an essential aspect of the energy transition. To achieve this, more awareness must be created and more investments need to be made in knowledge, tools and competencies to ensure the fi re safety of the new forms of energy, the new forms of transportation
and circular construction.

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Awareness of fire safety

More awareness of fi re safety is needed. This needs to be established primarily through Community Fire Safety projects, such as awareness campaigns. To make these projects more effective, research has to be done on how to positively influence fire-safe behaviour.

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Fire statistics

EU-Wide data on residential fires

Although data is collected on almost everything, there is no EU-wide data on residential fi res. As such data forms the foundation of a more fire safe Europe, the pilot project launched by the EU should be followed-up as soon as possible and eventually, the data must be integrated within Eurostat.

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EU-wide communication and collaboration

Essential to a more fire safe Europe is EU-wide communication and collaboration. This must include sharing (and connecting) good initiatives and best practices with each other and realising a broad application of innovations. Doing so must involve giving more room to other actors within the FIEP (such as the Fire Rescue Services) and focussing the FIEP on the exchange of knowledge and innovation in fire safety, with vulnerable citizens as its most important target group.

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Based on science and the knowledge of fire safety experts, this European Fire Safety Action Plan aims to improve European Fire Safety. In a nutshell: The European Fire Safety Action Plan is the agenda for European Fire Safety for the next coming years. Join us.

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