About European Fire Safety Alliance
About European Fire Safety Alliance
The European Fire Safety Alliance is a project to reduce the risk from fire in the home and is delivered by an Alliance of Professionals from within the European Fire Sector. The European Fire Safety Alliance believes the vast majority of fire deaths that occur following an accidental fire in the home are preventable. It is also true that fire discriminates in as much as it affects the most vulnerable people (particularly the elderly) in the most vulnerable areas of society.
The European Fire Safety Alliance
formulated following objectives:
Deliver home fire safety information
Deliver effective home fire safety information and concerns through all social media – the European Fire Safety Alliance will generate significant activity that creates clear, consistent messages about the dangers of fire in the home and the main causes of death, injury and damage. The information will be objective and verifiable and will emphasise the simple, consistent risks faced by people in the home and those groups who are at greatest risk.
Support and encourage research
Support and encourage research, studies and reports that highlight the dangers from fire in the home and support their widespread availability – the European Fire Safety Alliance recognises the importance of rigorous research into the causes of fire in the home and the means by which the risk may be mitigated. It will take steps to promote such studies to a wider audience.
Give presentations and lectures
Deliver strong consistent messages on home fire safety by respected fire professionals through presentations and lectures – the risks from fire can be effectively explained by those people who have experienced the devastating consequences of fire through their professional lives. These are also the opportunities to make a strong case for measures that can reduce that risk particularly regarding those most vulnerable to fire.
Influence on fire reduction measures
Directly influence policy makers and advisors regarding measures to reduce the risk from fire in the home both at a national and EU level – the European Fire Safety Alliance will establish itself as an authority on fire safety issues in the home and be a positive influence on policy makers in applying measures that will have the most impact on citizen safety;
Campaign for safer furniture
Recognising that furniture is a major contributor to fire development in homes ánd produce toxic gases that cause death and injury, the European Fire Safety Alliance will campaign for more fireproof furniture. They are specifically focussing on upholstered furniture and mattresses and the fire behaviour of such products. I.e. the foam filling must be prevented from catching fire. The European Fire Safety Alliance wants to contribute to solutions that bring fire safety to a higher level and don’t influence health and environment in a negative way;
Grow a strong professional fire network
Grow and sustain and strong professional fire network that supports improvements in home fire safety – the European Fire Safety Alliance knows a strong professional network can deliver consistent and powerful messages regarding protecting people from fire in the home. Such a network adds value, credibility and passion to this life-saving area;
Motivate and inform by stakeholder meetings
Motivate and inform the European Fire Safety Alliance through regular stakeholder meetings.
The Dutch Burns Foundation (Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting) provides a secretariat function for the European Fire Safety Alliance and will be supported by the Fire Service Acadamy (Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid).