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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Theresa Griffin, Seán Kelly, Pernille Weiss
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Fire prevention and detection

Commission recommendation (EU) 2019/786 of 8 May 2019 on building renovation(1) stressed the important role of fire prevention and detection.

The fire safety strategy in buildings is first to prevent fires, and second to avoid exposure to smoke. Residential smoke alarms detect fires as early as possible, give occupants sufficient time to react and have saved thousands of lives. Smoke alarms are Construction Products Regulation (CPR) products and are third-party certified to the EN14604(2) standard, a requirement for all products in the EU.

Correct installation and maintenance of residential smoke alarms can further improve their performance and specific installation and maintenance requirements exist in six Member States.

Currently, over 4 000 EU citizens die each year in residential fires and over 70 000 sustain smoke inhalation or burn injuries. But less than half of the Member States currently require smoke alarms to be installed in residential buildings.

Can the Commission ensure that all EU citizens benefit from smoke alarms?

Which technical means are in place to encourage Member States to ensure that alarm installation standards are adhered to?

(1) OJ L 127, 16.5.2019, p. 34
(2) EN14604: 2005 Self-contained smoke alarms – Product Standard
Original language of question: DA
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