Forum for European Electrical Domestic Safety

"In Europe, 25% to 30% of domestic fires have an electrical source"

(FEEDS report, March 2020)

In the news: the European Parliament calls on Member States to develop an electrical inspection regime

On November 9th, the EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has adopted a report on the Implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) including a clear call for action on electrical safety.

FEEDS thanks Seán Kelly MEP, rapporteur, the contributors MEPs and the shadow rapporteurs for this key input to address electrical safety and the recognition of FEEDS sources.

The FEEDS Forum welcome any contributions that will make this amendment a reality in the forthcoming EPBD revision.

The draft report was adopted with 49 votes in favour, 11 against and 2 abstentions. It includes following paragraph:

The European Parliament :

8d. Believes that renovations and standards for new builds should address fire safety and risks related to intense seismic activity, which affect the energy efficiency and the lifetime of buildings, as well as with high health standards; calls on Member States to develop an electrical inspection regime, since 30 % of domestic and 50 % of domestic accidental fires have an electrical source 15; believes that the European building stock renovation should integrate electrical safety checks and upgrades and ensure sufficient ventilation for smoke in case of fire; underlines that LTRSs should also contribute to the static and structural reinforcement of the building stock;

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About FEEDS

The Forum for European Electrical Domestic Safety (FEEDS) is a think-tank and a do-tank that brings together organizations aiming to improve electrical safety in dwellings.

The Forum aims to contribute to a safe, just and ambitious Energy Transition mainly focused on electrification by:

  • Providing harmonized data on domestic fires from electrical source at European level and contributing to improve data collection in each country,

  • Promoting proven solutions at European level to reduce electrical fires from electrical source in dwellings,

  • Putting electrical safety as a pre-requisite to the deep renovation and deployment of decentralized production (eg. PV), energy storage and increased electrical demand of 132 million dwellings across Europe with obsolete electrical installations,

  • Drawing attention at all policy levels on the close connection between energy poverty and electrical safety for vulnerable communities,

  • Participating in the achievement of the Green Deal targets.


Members


The European consumer voice in standardisation



European Committee of Electrical Installation Equipment Manufacturers



Europacable


European Association of Electrical Contractors



European Copper Institute

European Fire Safety Alliance


Federation of the European Union Fire Officer Associations


International Federation for the Safety of Electricity Users

Insurance Europe Prevention Forum


Confédération Nationale du Logement

The UK’s Electrical Safety Experts

Groupe de réflexion sur la sécurité électrique dans le logement



Dutch Burns Foundation

Reports

FEEDS report 202002.pdf

WHITE PAPER

Residential electrical safety

How to insure progress


March 2020

In the past 120 years, electricity has become the overarching energy source in our everyday life. Its applications have improved our comfort and safety, multiplying the means of entertaining and communicating.

However, domestic electricity can be dangerous. Specifically, the safety of older electrical installations is a concern in the countries of the European Union, given the low renovation rate of dwellings and their electrical installations. At the same time, the uses of domestic electricity continues to diversify and develop, progressively posing increasingly important challenges in terms of quality and safety of electrical energy used in households.

The safety deficiencies of obsolete electrical installations generally result from the aging of their components, the lack of maintenance and inappropriate usage. The dangers they represent are also clearly identified. The risks of electrification and electrocution are well known, but fires of electrical origin and their consequences are the most worrying.

FEEDS EU data table.pdf

EUROPEAN DATA

Key figures by country - Sourced and extrapolated data


September 2019

Data presented (e.g. those of France and the UK) were gathered after extensive research by a network of collaborating expert stakeholders and can be considered to be highly reliable. They clearly show that electrical safety issues constitute a substantial problem regarding fire safety.

Starting from the reliable figures, conservative extrapolations were constructed for other countries in the Northwestern EU. We continued this exercise with the slightly less consolidated data to make even more prudent extrapolations for the other European regions. Even though the resulting figures are not confirmed by assessments in the field, they do provide an idea of the probable size of the problem in those countries. The FEEDS Forum would be eager to collaborate with stakeholders to collect more actual and consolidated numbers for those countries.

TO LEARN MORE AT COUNTRY LEVEL:

  • A case study for France is available here: CASE STUDY - FRANCE

  • Prosiel published in 2020 a white paper entitled "Gli italiani e la sicurezza elettrica (Italians and electrical safety)" resulting of a qualitative and quantitative cognitive investigation that Prosiel commissioned to the Piepoli Institute.

FEEDS accidental fires 202104.pdf

WHITE PAPER

Accidental Electrical

Domestic Fires


April 2021

Reading fire statistics with the aim of prevention: when analysing fire statistics, the number of accidental fires is obtained by removing arson from the total number of fires. It is an interesting approach in the sense that it counts only fires that could have been influenced by preventive actions targeting the dwelling, its installation and its occupants. This is in contrast to data where arson is included, which falls within the field of crime prevention and is much harder to reduce, if possible, at all.

While investigating the fire statistics through the angle of accidental domestic fires and the potential impact of preventive actions, FEEDS made a more in-depth analysis: first, fires with unknown origin are usually so characterised because no inspection was carried out (for example because doing so was not requested by the insurance company). Therefore, the distribution of causes for these uninspected fires can be assumed to be the same as that of the inspected fires. Second, the figure for arson was taken out to limit the scope to accidental fires only.

Social Media

Follow us on Twtter: https://twitter.com/EUElecSafety

Follow the dedicated hashtag about electrical safety: #SafetyEU

Events


The third European Fire Safety Week organised by EuroFSA will take place in a digital format from November 29th to December 2nd 2021.

FEEDS will intervene during the Energy Transition Day that will stand on December 1st as well as the 'Realise EU-Wide data on residential fires' session on December 2nd. More info soon.

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