(Fire) Safety Information


(Fire) Safety Information


Fire safety

  • Familiarize yourself with your nearest exit, emergency exits and the meeting point. (see emergency plans throughout the building)
  • Keep escape routes, hallways, exits, and emergency exits and stairwells clear of all items.
  • Know where the fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and phones are located.

If the building needs to be evacuated:

  • Stay calm and go outside to the meeting point.
  • Close doors and windows.
  • If there is smoke:
  • Keep down close to the floor;
  • Follow the wall (keep the back of your hand against it).
  • First evacuate areas close to the fire, then those on the same floor, and then those on floors above the fire.

What to do if there is a fire or emergency situation?

  • Warn other residents.
  • Activate the fire alarm by pressing the button on the red alarm box (see photo below)
  • If there is a dangerous situation, call the emergency number 112.
  • Without endangering yourself or others, try to put out the fire with the fire extinguishers provided.
  • Close doors and windows.
  • Leave the building as quickly as possible by using the fire escape exit.
  • Do not use an elevator!
  • Follow the instructions of the firefighters or (if present) the Resident Assistants. 

Amsterdam is a safe city!

Amsterdam was listed as one of the top five safest cities worldwide in the 2015 Safe Cities Index. Students also indicate that they view Amsterdam as a safe place to live.


As with any city, it is always helpful to take precautions against ‘petty crime’.

Safety is a mutual effort.  

Together you create safety in your building, each individual user improves it by taking responsibility on a daily base:

House safety

  • Double lock your room door at all times.
  • Close your windows and curtains when you leave.
  • When you let someone in from your room, please check if you know the person.
  • Never let in a person who cannot identify as a De Key employee or who has not been announced. When in doubt, call us first (020-6214333)
  • Make sure your personal possessions are insured.

Building Safety

  • Make sure all general doors are locked. 
  • Report any malfunction of locks or doors immediately via our website.

Bike safety

  • Always lock both wheel and frame properly and lock it to a bicycle rack.
  • Consider to rent a bike since they are insured against theft.