Do you know what to do if the fire alarm goes off? What's most important is that you leave the building immediately.

What should I do if the fire alarm goes off?
  • Leave the building immediately
  • If you encounter smoke, stay in your room and call 110.
  • Try to warn the other tenants

Leave the building as quickly as possible. Close doors and windows before evacuating the building to prevent the fire from spreading. Find somewhere nearby to stay so that the fire department can access the building, and wait for further instructions.


Familiarise yourself with where the fire extinguishers are located. All buildings have equipment available, in most cases powder extinguishers and fire hoses. In case of smaller fires, you can try to extinguish the fire using the fire extinguisher.

Escape routes

Familiarise yourself with escape routes and emergency exits in your building. Remember that escape routes and emergency exits must be clear at all times, in case the building needs to be evacuated. Emergency exits that are normally locked will automatically open if the fire alarm goes off.

If you need help to evacuate from your residence when the fire alarm goes off, call the Fire and Rescue Service, phone 110 and ask for assisted escape. Please state your name and residence number.
Wait for the extinguish crew. They will bring a mask, which you can breathe in if necessary, when they bring you out.

  • Never leave the stove unattended while you are cooking.
  • Use the kitchen extractor fan.
  • Keep the oven and oven trays clean.
  • Be careful when you light candles.
  • Do not remove the smoke detector!
  • Familiarise yourself with fire extinguishers and escape routes in your building.
  • Escape routes such as corridors, staircases and balconies must be tidy and clear.
  • Belongings may be thrown away during inspection if they are blocking the routes.

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