Safety inMaastricht

Conclusions, physical safety

The Municipal Council has made funds available for improving fire safety in Maastricht and for catching up with the backlog that has developed. This is, as such, reason enough to designate fire safety in Maastricht as a priority theme.

The spearheads are:

  1. student blocks;
  2. hotel and catering establishments (especially cafés and hotels);
  3. accommodation for the elderly (in relation to the policy that the elderly should live in independent accommodation for as long as is possible).

In 2017, the Municipality, fire service, private sector landlords (the Vereniging Verhuurders Woonruimtes Maastricht (VVWM, Maastricht association of landlords of rented accommodation), and housing corporations introduced a seal of approval that imposes requirements in excess of the legal requirements on the fire safety of rental premises. This seal of approval is a private initiative and is not compulsory. In addition to the aforementioned seal of approval, this cooperation has resulted in the fire service having the disposal over floor plans of some rental properties. The fire service then has information about layout of these rental properties that will be of value when fighting a fire. In 2017, the first seal of approval for a room rental property was issued. Some dozens of properties have now been issued a seal of approval.

The ‘fly-tipping of dangerous/toxic substances’ external safety issue referred to by professionals is regarded as more of a theme for the region: this fly-tipping is, in view of the city’s restricted outlying areas, rare in Maastricht. The stated risks associated with the Tihange nuclear power plant and air traffic fall outside the authority of Maastricht.

It is, in view of social developments such as radicalization and terrorism, as well the nuisance caused by persons with mental health problems, advisable to integrate social safety themes in the other themes addressed by the Zuid-Limburg Safety Region.