Program - Furniture Fire Safety & Seminar on smoke spread in residential buildings

Furniture Fire Safety

How to make sure that your sofa is fire safe?

Despite overwhelming efforts in protecting human lives, fires still remain an important cause of deaths worldwide. Of this, approximately 90% occur in the domestic area, mostly due to fires starting from our upholstered furniture such as sofas and beds.

In light of this alarming picture, how can we make sure that our furniture is fire safe for people, their belongings and fire fighters?

While several technologies exist to make sure that our furniture is fire safe, both with the use of flame retardants or through different technologies such as barriers between the foam and the fabric, European countries have so far lagged behind with the adoption of fire safety legislation on furniture.

It is against this background that the Flame Retardants Europe and Fire Service Academy (IFV) are announcing the Furniture Fire Safety Seminar as part of the European Fire Safety Week. This seminar, will provide an overview of the technologies available to make our furniture fire safe and will frame the discussion over the need for improved fire safety standards and regulations across Europe.

Come and join panellists from the furniture industry, testing & research organizations and representative of the fire service, who will present their views about the need not to take fire safety in furniture for granted.

We hope you will be able to join in the conversation!

When?
Thursday 21 November | 10:00 – 12:30

Where?
L42 | Rue de la Loi 42, 1040 Brussels

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Smoke spread in residential buildings

Nowadays, smoke is the biggest danger to fire. Not only this is true for fires in residential buildings, but most certainly for seniors complexes. What should the elderly do if a fire breaks out and it is difficult for them to quickly escape? Under what circumstances can they stay safe in their apartment? How long does it stay smoke free? This summer, the Netherlands Fire Service and the Fire Service Academy (IFV), in cooperation with international colleagues and experts, investigated this in a series of large-scale practical experiments.

In a former residential care centre, 20 experimental fires have been investigated for the degree of smoke spreading and the contribution of fire preventive solutions to prevent this spread of smoke. Various forms of fire-fighting have also been carried out to investigate whether smoke dispersal can be restricted. For every experimental fire, a sofa in an apartment was ignited. The purpose of the experiments was to get answers to questions about escape possibilities, survival opportunities, stay-put advices, smoke separations and firefighting tactics. The experiments are worldwide unique with a large policy, scientific and practical value, not only for the fire service, but also for municipalities, housing and care corporations and the legislator.

Seminar
During the Seminar on smoke spread in residential buildings, the Netherlands Fire Service Academy (IFV) will deliver the first results of these experiments so that they can be discussed with an audience of fire safety experts.

Come and join us for a unique overview of the test results to prevent smoke spreading in residential buildings and engage with the directly involved research leaders.

When?
Thursday 21st November 2019 | 13:30-15:30

Where?
L42 | Rue de la Loi 42, 1040 Brussels

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Smoke spread in residential buildings

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