Fire safety in SSN student housing

Fri 16 Jun

It is important that you who live in an SSN student housing know what to do to avoid a fire in the accommodation. Equally important is that you know what to do if there is a fire.

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with fire procedures

Yes, we know that this information is a bit boring - BUT it is even more boring to have to shell out thousands of kroner because the fire brigade had to respond to a false alarm, because you did not know that the fire alarm system in your home is connected directly to the fire service?


Fire safety instructions - what to do when there is a fire:

  1. Fires must be reported immediately by phone to the fire department on 110.

  2. Make sure all persons at risk from fire and smoke evacuate the building.

  3. Try to put out the fire.

  4. Close doors and windows.

  5. Meet and advise the fire service when they arrive.

  6. The assembly area for a fire is the parking lot.

Evacuation plan

  1. Everyone should be familiar with exits/escape routes.

  2. All exits and escape routes must always be cleared.

  3. Everyone leaves their room/dwelling. Leave personal belongings in your room.

  4. Use nearest exit/escape route.

  5. Evacuation should be calm and restrained.

Fire safety in your student housing

Follow these steps:

Notify: If you detect fire or smoke, immediately notify the fire service. Call 110.
Rescue: Sound the alarm in the house, and try to alert the other residents.
Extinguish: Close doors and windows before evacuating the building.

If there is a minor fire, please try to extinguish the fire with the fire extinguishers available.

Fire extinguishers:

Familiarise yourself with the location of the fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are easily available in all buildings. Most units will have a powder fire extinguisher or fire hose.

It is very important to be familiar with the location of emergency exits in case you have to evacuate the building where you live.

Keep emergency exits clear

The fire service requires all emergency exits to be clear. In case of an evacuation, this will provide speedy exits, and give the fire service rapid access to the building.

The Student Accommodation Department carries out continuous inspections of the buildings. Sporting equipment, furniture, drying racks, etc., which are placed in the emergency exits, will be removed and thrown away.

The emergency exit is locked

The doors in most emergency exits will lock automatically.

  • Don’t leave the kitchen while you are cooking.

  • Use the cooker fan or open a window. If you are using electrical equipment such as waffle irons, toasters, and rice cookers, place these under or near the cooker fan.

  • Keep cooker rings and ovens clean – this will also be appreciated by the next resident.

  • Do not dismantle the fire detectors in the ceiling.

Call the fire brigade as FAST as possible on telephone 110, to stop them from coming!

If the fire alarm has been triggered and there is a direct connection to the fire brigade from the fire alarm system in your student housing and you KNOW that it is not burning, you have about 2-3 minutes to notify the fire brigade at 110 that there is a false alarm.

If you do not notify the fire brigade in time and they come to the rescue, you may risk receiving an invoice of up to NOK 10,000 😰


  • Make sure the candle is steady.

  • Pay attention to flammable materials such as yarn, textiles and flammable decorations!

  • Pay particular attention when there are animals and children present.

  • Do not place tea candles directly on the table or tablecloth.

  • Remember to blow out candles when you leave the room!


The use of incense is not permitted in any rooms or apartments.

Wrong use and poor maintenance of electrical equipment are among the most common causes of house fires.

General advice for use of electrical devices:

  • Avoid stand-by

    Turn all electrical devices completely off when they are not in use.

  • Unplug thermostatically controlled devices

    Several devices are controlled by a thermostat. Should the thermostat break, the temperature may increase rapidly and cause a fire.

  • Avoid equipment with faults

    Abnormal heat in wiring and electrical devices is a clear indication of a fire hazard. Follow user instructions.

  • Do not plug too many devices into one socket.

All buildings constructed or renovated after 2010 are equipped with a stove guard and a water guard.

Get to know the fire alarm system in your building

All residents are responsible for getting familiar with the fire alarm system in their student housing. The correct information for the property you live on can be found on My page.

There are also physical notices about fire alarm systems and escape routes in the student housing.

It is so important for SSN that you have read this information, that you must confirm (in a check box) that you have read about the fire alarm system where you live.

Go to My page.