Fire prevention

This page contains information about fire prevention at NTNU.

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Reduce risk

The purpose of fire protection is obvious: It is in everyone's interest to reduce the chance of fire, and to make sure that the damage will be small if it should first start burning.

To achieve this, it is important that everyone focuses on reducing the likelihood of a fire occurring. Identification of possible sources of fire is therefore central to the work on fire protection. We must use the same thinking here as in any other form of risk assessment: what can go wrong, how likely is it to happen, and what can be the consequences if the accident happens.

With a conscious attitude to what constitutes a fire hazard, we can all help to significantly reduce the chance of fire. However, it is important to be aware that we can never completely reduce the risk. This requires continuous efforts by all parties involved, both staff and students.

Fire Protection Responsibility

In Norway The Directorate for Social Security and Emergency Planning (DSB) has the overall responsibility for fire protection. Subsequently, the municipalities have a responsibility for emergency fire extinguishing and preventive activities aimed at owners and users of objects. Daily responsibility for fire protection is currently shared between building owners and users of buildings.

As the owner of buildings NTNU must, amongst other things, control and maintain building parts, installations and equipment to ensure the proper prevention, detection and mitigation of consequences of fire. The scope and frequency of the control must be adapted to the safety devices and the size, complexity, use and risk of the building.

What can you do?

  • Familiarise yourself with your building
  • Familiarise yourself with manual fire call points and escape routes, and make sure there are no obstructions in corridors and front doors
  • Identify extinguishing agents, such as powder appliances, fire hoses, fire blankets etc.
  • Familiarise yourself with your dedicated tasks associated with evacuation
  • On observation of deficiencies or nonconformities, you must report this to the e-janitor for correction.


  • If you have any questions, please contact your line manager who has overall responsibility. The line manager is the dean / department director or the department / section manager.
  • In addition, the HSE Section can provide relevant advice if needed.
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