|Euralarm believes that the directive should establish minimum requirements for safety and security|
Euralarm has urged the EU to issue a directive governing fire safety and security compliance in tourism accommodation across the single market.
Horizontal legislation at European level is necessary to regulate tourist accommodation more consistently and effectively, according to the lobby group, which represents European fire-safety and security businesses.
Euralarm also believes that not only should the directive establish minimum requirements for safety and security, but it should standardise the definition of accommodation categories too, which it believes are inconsistent, making the synchronisation of standards challenging.
The regulations should also cover carbon monoxide, says the association. Fire alarms can double as carbon monoxide detectors.
The particular needs of children, physically impaired and elderly guests are also a concern of Euralarm’s, which prescribes a combination of visual and voice alarms to save the lives of the most vulnerable people.
Euralarm also recommends that the directive should incorporate harmonised measurement tools, which are often lacking. Even in countries with existing data, sources often cannot be aggregated because they’re not harmonised, it believes.