Each year in the European Union fire deaths total around 8,000 with ten times that many injuries, according to conservative estimates.
Domestic furniture fires kill 1,500 people a year in Europe and seriously injure 15,000. This is a major hazard to consumers that has remained overlooked for more than 20 years.
According to academic research accidental exposure to Carbon Monoxide kills on average 50 people every year in England and Wales alone.
Consumer electronics, in particular televisions, are a significant domestic fire hazard. In 2001, independent research estimated that more than 40% of TV fires in the EU are caused by external ignition sources such as candles.