Fire safety and emergency preparedness - The products you should have at home
The authority for social security and preparedness (MSB) recommends that you are equipped to fend for yourself for at least three days if something happens. It could be storms, technical problems, terrorism or war. Then you should be prepared.
With a small reserve stock of certain items, you are better equipped to fend for yourself, and we have several products that you might want to keep reserves of. With us you will find everything from water canisters to camping stoves, power generators, gas and headtorches. Also, do not forget the first aid kit.
Think about what might happen
It is hard to imagine suddenly having to deal with a few days without electricity and water, but if such a situation were to arise, you will be glad you were prepared. And the figures show that more and more people are opening their eyes to keeping emergency supplies home. According to DSB, their website sikkerhverdag.no has had over 90,000 page views in the last month, compared to 65,000 page views in one month at the start of the year.
The basic needs that must be covered are heat, drink, food, medicines, hygiene and information. If the most essential things are in place so that you can manage for at least three days, you are equipped to get through most crises.
See examples of emergency supplies further down.
With our large range of storage products you can easily keep track of your emergency supplies.
Examples of emergency supplies
- 9 litres of water per person
- Two packets of crispbread per person
- One packet of oatmeal per person
- Three tins of canned food or three bags of dry food per person
- Three tins of canned provisions with a long shelf life per person
- A few bags of dried fruit or nuts, biscuits and chocolate
- Medications you depend on
- Wood, gas or paraffin stove for heating
- Grill or stove that runs on gas
- Candles, torch with batteries or paraffin lamp
- Matches or lighter
- Warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags
- First aid kit
- Battery-powered DAB radio
- Batteries, charged battery bank and mobile charger for the car
- Wet wipes and disinfectant
- Tissue/toilet paper
- Sanitary products
- Some cash
- Extra fuel and wood/gas/paraffin/methylated spirits for heating and cooking
- Iodine tablets in case of nuclear incidents if you are under 40 years of age, pregnant, breastfeeding or have children living at home (Read more at dsa.no)
(Read more at msb.se)
The crucial fire alarm
Unfortunately, the period we are now entering is also a holiday for fire, especially when we get to Advent. Fortunately, regular self-checks can do a lot to reduce the risk of fire.
In the event of a fire, early warning will increase the chances that everyone will get out in time. This is precisely why the fire alarm is so important. If the alarm is more than eight years old, it is recommended that you replace it.
We have several different alarms, including optical smoke detectors with wireless serial connection. This means all the detectors are connected together and will sound an alarm at the same time when one of the detectors detects smoke.
Check your fire alarm
- Change the battery in the alarm once a year.
- Check that the smoke alarm is working and that the alarm is clearly audible in the living room and bedroom, even when the door is closed.
- Keep it clean and free of dust.
- Test it once a month. To do this, hold down the test button for a few seconds. It should then start beeping. If it does not beep, you will need to change the battery and test it again.
- If the smoke alarm emits short beeps, you should change the battery and check if it works.
We also have tests for smoke detectors that test the function of the alarm in a simple and safe way.
Test the fire alarms on December 1
There is a joint Nordic smoke alarm day on December 1st, so it is a good date to remember for testing your fire alarms. You will then be ready for Christmas, knowing that your smoke alarms are actually working properly. So check your smoke alarm while opening the Advent calendar on the first day of December.
Some general tips about smoke alarms:
- Set up at least one smoke detector in the centre of the room that can be heard from any bedroom. The effectiveness of a smoke detector is reduced if it is placed anywhere other than the ceiling.
- If you live in a small home, at least one smoke detector should be placed centrally in the home, preferably on the ceiling of a hallway.
- If you live in a larger place, you should have several smoke detectors installed in the living room and bedrooms. If there are several floors in your home, there should be at least one smoke detector per floor.
- Regularly clean smoke detectors of dust and check the product life.
Effectively extinguish the fire
A fire extinguisher is a must in all housing units and it is recommended to have one on each floor. Foam extinguishers consist of water, a foam bag and air, where the foam suffocates the combustion process. These cause minimum damage to furniture, technical installations and appliances.
Powder extinguishers consist of a container of powder that is expelled using compressed air when the device is triggered. Among other things, these are effective against fires in wood, textiles and plastics, as well as petrol, oil and gas fires.
Many people are surprised that fires in mobile phones, computers and other products with lithium batteries cannot be extinguished with a conventional fire extinguisher. Therefore, we recommend purchasing an extinguishing spray for lithium.
Check the fire extinguisher
- Is everyone in the household aware of where the fire extinguisher is located?
- Is it easily accessilve, clearly visible, and are the instructions for its ude legible?
- Is it without visible damage?
- Does it have a pressure indicator and is the indicator green - signifying satisfactory pressure?
- Does it have a seal that has not been broken?
- Is the hose intact and in good condition with no obstructions or clogs in the hose/nozzle?
- Have the inspection and service intervals for the extinguisher been adhered to? See the inspection label on the extinguisher.
- Is the powder loose and moving inside the extinguisher? The powder extinguisher should also be turned upside down and held to the ear for five to ten seconds. Then you should be able to hear and feel that the powder is loose and "flowing" in the container.
Products for added peace of mind
In addition to fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, there are several products that it can be smart to have in the house in the event of a minor fire. A fire blanket extinguishes fire by smothering the flames. The package is hung on the wall, and the fire blanket is pulled out by using a simple hand grip.
Our extinguishing spray is very user-friendly and provides extra peace of mind at home. This extinguishes most small fires, and the foam does not get dirty, does not contain poison and is biodegradable. A home can be consumed by flames in just a few minutes, so you need to get out quickly. It is recommended to hold fire drills at home once or twice a year. This is when you practice the practical evacuation of the house and test various escape routes.
Fire ladder as extra safety
If you have several floors, it can be smart to have a fire ladder so that you can easily get out and down. Our fire ladder has a length of 4.7 metres and can withstand a maximum load of 200 kg.