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What is a self-assessment of fire safety?

Following instructions issued by the rescue department, the owner or occupier of a property can conduct an assessment of fire safety in their building. This is called a self-assessment of fire safety.

The purpose of the self-assessment of fire safety is to improve residents’ knowledge about safety and self-preparedness for accidents. The self-assessment helps to identify shortcomings in the fire safety of a home or holiday house and guides the resident to address them immediately. In addition, the resident examines, assesses and determines the safety of their living environment and practices.

Carry out a self-assessment. If you notice any defects and shortcomings, take action straight away.

The self-assessment of fire safety is based on the Rescue Act, under which the rescue department supervises compliance with the provisions of the Act. Fire inspections are part of the supervision carried out by the rescue department.

Each year, the rescue departments target a different area in self-assessments of fire safety. As follow-up or a subsequent measure, the department may carry out a fire inspection or supervision based on documents, or provide guidance by e-mail or telephone. If the occupant of the property does not carry out a self-assessment by the deadline, the department may conduct a fire inspection of the property subject to a fee.

For more information about self-assessments of fire safety, contact  your local rescue department.