Every week the fire brigade has to run out for fires that have started in student apartments in the kitchen. Many people do not have fire extinguishers.
Every week the fire brigade in Bergen talks about reports of fire and smoke in student houses, where cooking is the reason. 26 people have been burned so far this year and 500 have been injured. 58 percent of the 3339 fires in private homes began in the kitchen, writes Tryg Forsikring in a press release.
Appears on "pizza banner"
– Students tend to set up a frozen pizza when they arrive late. Then you fall asleep or forget about it. The fire brigade often goes out to the so-called "pizza maker", says Espen Opedal, president of Tryg Forsikring.
Fortunately, it usually ends well thanks to smoke detectors, but many students do not have smoke detectors or fire extinguishers.
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Missing equipment and escape route
The insurance company, together with the Norwegian Fire Prevention Association, conducted a survey among 4836 students.
It seems that about 10,000 students do not have smoke detectors. This is the responsibility of the home owner, but many landlords drown with safety. Some students have only one escape route, or they only know one, and one in five do not know or do not know where the extinguisher is. Almost no one has had a fire drill.
When 300,000 students now start at universities and colleges, several of them offer offers that have not been approved.
– There may be cellars and ceilings that have been rebuilt without the application for approval and which may be firefighters.
He finds it worrying that many are exposed to unnecessary risk and point out that it is important to be critical about what someone is hiring.
– It is the responsibility of homeowners that functional smoke detectors are installed and approved fire extinguishers are available. Test the smoke alarm before taking your first night. The alarm must be clearly heard in the living room and bedroom, even if the door between the rooms is closed, says Opedal.
Make sure there is at least one smoke detector on each floor and test whether they work.
The alarm is heard in the living room and bedroom, even if the doors are left over.
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Get to know the escape routes and make sure that at least two are removed and not blocked.
Check that there is fire extinguisher nearby and familiarize yourself with how they work.
Arranger a fire drill, so that all residents are familiar with the escape routes and have tried them.
Source: Tryg Insurance
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