FSEU Position Paper – Fire Safety Engineering

Performance-based design of buildings using Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) tools had opened new possibilities for to designing large and complex buildings which could not have been designed in the same way using existing prescriptive rules. The primary aims of FSE must continue to be to prevent the loss of life. The misuse of FSE (be it deliberate or unintentional) in order to reduce costs or to change a building’s use after completion is a risk that needs to be kept in mind. The “precautionary principle” should always be abided by when it comes to fire safety measures.

Putting Fire Safety Engineering on the right tracks

Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) was discussed during the 1st Fire Information Exchange Platform meeting on October 16, 2017, and identified as one of the work streams for the platform. The purpose of this letter is to express our position on the opportunities and risks presented by FSE.

Open letter to Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

The Grenfell Tower fire in London on June 14, 2017 has shown the need for political leadership at national and EU level to keep citizens safe when fire breaks out. The open letter, addressed to Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, highlights two particular areas of fire safety for which Fire Safe Europe has, since 2011, called for the European Commission to act.

FSEU Q&A on smoke toxicity

What is smoke? Why is it important to talk about it? What influences its production? Our Q&A answers all the questions you (n)ever had on smoke.

Facts & Figures


fires are reported in Europe each year



of fires in the EU happen in buildings, on average



of our time is spent in buildings


people are killed by fire in Europe every year. That is 11 deaths per day


people are hospitalised in Europe each year due to severe injuries caused by fire


billion – equivalent to 1% of European GDP – is eaten up by fire damage each year


minutes is all it takes for fire to involve an entire room, because we use more flammable materials than before


times further is the closest fire exit to a classroom in an Italian school compared to Germany (60 m in Italy VS 10 m in Germany)

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