Forum for European Electrical Domestic Safety
"In Europe, 25% to 30% of domestic fires have an electrical source"
(FEEDS report, March 2020)
Theresa Griffin: “FEEDS has done excellent work on data collection and sharing best practice, publishing key reports in this field. I’m looking forward to working with its members comprising fire officers' organisations, consumer representatives, professional associations together with policy makers and legislators to share the unique expertise FEEDS has developed to keep all citizens fire safe.”
Theresa Griffin, FEEDS Chair
Krzysztof Biskup, former Deputy Director of the Scientific & Research Centre for Fire Protection, Chair of The European Fire Safety Alliance and FEEDS Vice-Chair: “Fire kills around 5,000 citizens in the European Union every year and marks many more for the rest of their lives. Most fires occur in homes and almost all, including fires from electrical sources, are preventable. With the minimum of effort, we can protect thousands of people in Europe against fire. Theresa always paid great attention to fire safety and vulnerable people and we are looking forward to working with her to take the necessary steps forward.”
Olivier Tissot, FEEDS Secretariat: “There are 273,000 domestic fires from electrical source occuring each year in the EU. The solution is the regular inspection of installations. With Theresa onboard, we will have the opportunity to put the issue higher into the political agenda.”
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1
‘Building renovation’ means any kind of energy-related building renovation and accompanying safety measures, including by contributing to the renovation requirements established in Directive .../... [on the energy performance of buildings (recast) [2021/0426(COD)], aimed to reduce the building’s energy consumption, including: the insulation of the building envelope, that is to say walls, roof, floor, the replacement of windows; passive ventilation; the installation of heat pumps and cooling systems; the replacement of heating, cooling and cooking appliances; the upgrade of electrical installations and the installation of on-site production of energy from renewable sources, heat recuperation systems or the connection to nearby systems using energy and storage from renewable sources;
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point a
Finance measures and investments to increase energy efficiency of buildings, to implement energy efficiency improvement measures, to carry out building renovation and accompanying safety measures, where appropriate in combination with improvements in line with fire and seismic safety standards, and to decarbonise heating and cooling of buildings, including the integration of energy production and storage of energy from renewable sources in accordance with Article 6;
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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.
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Energy Poverty and Fire Risk
Energy Poverty and Fire Risk
Energy poverty is a multi-dimensional phenomenon, caused by a combination of low-income, high-energy expenses, and poor efficiency of housing, effecting 34 million Europeans (Energy Poverty Advisory Hub).
In the sphere of Fire Safety, there is an opinion that the people living in energy poverty face a greater fire risk and so are exposed to a double penalty.
There is very little research on this topic.
The data regarding the link between fire safety and energy poverty is in development. As a consequence, FEEDS decided to undertake research with associations working in energy poverty.
This research started in April and closed in June 2022 by mail with an online questionnaire. The report explores the answers and proposes actions that could be taken.
Residential Electrical Safety - How to Ensure Progress
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.
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European Data, key figures by country - Sourced and extrapolated data
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.
Accidental Electrical Domestic Fires
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.
Draft Report on EU Domestic Electrical Inspection Regimes
Domestic Electrical Inspections Regimes In The EU: a situation which varies strongly amons Member States
FEEDS analysed the general framework regarding the installation and renovation of electrical installations in dwellings in various countries. As conclusion, EU deployment of electrical inspection regimes is limited and mainly voluntary. Please help us to improve that document by providing any piece of knowledge likely to improve or correct the informations.
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Two sessions dedicated to 'Putting fire safety at the heart of the Renovation Wave' will be organised in person in Brussels:
Tuesday 15/11: High-level political discussion, 11h30 – 13h00 (CET), European Parliament, Brussels
Wednesday 16/11: Workshop, 09h30 – 17h30 (CET), Stanhope Hotel, Brussels