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Human Geography

Nicklas Guldåker

Senior Lecturer

Human Geography

Effects of Door-to-door Fire-prevention information on reducing the occurrence of Residential Fires in Southern Sweden


  • Mona Tykesson
  • Nicklas Guldåker
  • Per-Olof Hallin
  • Jerry Nilsson

Summary, in English

Since 2010, the Region South Fire and Rescue Service in
Sweden has conducted over 60 000 fire-prevention home
visits. On-duty fire fighters have gone door-to-door informing residents about general safety procedures in case of a fire. The aim of this ongoing education campaign is to reduce the number of residential structure fires and incidents
with fatal outcomes as well as to improve the level of civil trust. In spite the vast resources spent and large coverage, the number of residential fires has only decreased marginally and the number of fatal incidents has in fact increased in
the entire operational district. When looking at the effects spatially, on subarea level within the operational district, the results diverge. This could imply that the education campaign might be targeted inefficiently in terms of space. The aim of this paper is to map thespatial differences and analyze if a high number of home
visits can be correlated to decreased numbers of residential
fires in some areas and conversely, to increased numbersin others. Through geostatistical methods, the area-based
residuals are analyzed in order to first measure the effects
of the campaign and second to determine which additional
area-based factors that might influence the frequency.


  • Department of Human Geography

Publishing year




Document type

Conference paper: abstract


  • Social and Economic Geography


  • Fire-prevention
  • Home-visits
  • Area based study
  • Sweden

Conference name

AAG Assosiation of American Geographers

Conference date

2016-03-28 - 2016-04-02




  • Residential fires in metropolitan areas - spatial differences and fire safety work in the socially fragmented city