Fire safety

  • + Candles and incense


    • 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!

    It is not permitted to use incense in our rooms.

  • + Cooker guard

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    As an additional safety (statutory in new buildings), a cooker guard (heat guard) is installed on all cookers. This is a small box above the cooker.

    Cooker guards are installed in the following student accommodation: Kaldnes Brygge, Fagerlund and Campus Vestfold, Øvre Storgate in Drammen. 


    Turn on the cooker and rings are normal. You will see a small light on the cooker gaurd. The cooker guard is pre-set with a timer for 30 minutes, which turns off the rings and oven automatically after 30 minutes. NB! You still have to turn off any knobs on the cooker even though the power is no longer connected!
    If you need a longer cooking/baking time, quickly press the button on the cooker guard to extend the period of time in periods of 30 minutes. If, for example, you plan to slow-roast or bake something in the oven, you can extend the period of time to eight hours; hold the button in for six seconds until you hear a double beep and the light comes on.

    When cooking on a high heat

    Press the button for three seconds until you hear a beep sound and the indicator light starts flashing. This turns off the cooker guard for eight minutes. This will prevent the cooker guard from turning off the power at a high temperature, but the cooking time will keep counting down.

    Summertime - Notification

    The cooker guard emits sound signals for the following reasons:

    • The time is out - little beep
    • Too high heat
    • Power failure (turn the rings on and off if there has been a power failure while the cooker was in use)

    If the heat guard is activated

    The heat guard lets you know when the temperature is too high. An indicator ligh flashes for one minute and then a buzzer sounds for 30 seconds and the cooker is turned off.  
    If rings/pots get very hot, the heat guard will turn off the cooker.
    A beep sounds and a blue light flashes for 30 seconds and the cooker turns off.
    When the buzzer sounds, you have 30 seconds to respond:

    • Put a pan of cold water on the ring
    • Cool down by removing the pot and reducing the heat of the ring
    • Use the baking function

    Clean the "eye" carefully with a mild detergent at regular intervals. For best function, use dark-coloured pans.


  • + Emergency exits

    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 unlock automatically.

  • + Fire safety instructions

    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.


  • + How to prevent false alarms?
    • 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.
  • + Use only approved electrical equipment

    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
  • + What to do if the fire alarm sounds?
    • 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.