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In case of emergency call 112. Explain what has happened. Give the exact address and the name of the municipality. Answer the questions and follow the instructions. Stay on the line until you have been given permission to end the call. Direct the emergency services to the scene. Calls to 112 are free of charge.


Households are required to make provision for various types of adverse incidents and for rescue operations for which they are independently capable. The aim is that people know how to take precautions and act at home and work in the event of a protracted disorder affecting society, such as a failure in the power, heating or water supply, or storm devastation.

You cannot always avoid disruptions - however, you can always prepare for them. Always have emergency food and water supplies ready at home. Include medicine, sanitary products, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight, batteries, candles and matches. The supply should cover the needs of the entire family for up to a week.
The building owner or occupant is responsible for keeping the fireplaces in good condition and using them correctly. Make sure to have your fireplaces swept on a regular basis and burn only dry and clean wood in them. Fireplaces and their ducts must be swept each year, in private holiday homes every three years. Chimney sweepers

Install a smoke detector

Make sure that you have at least one smoke detector on each floor. One device can cover a maximum of 60m2 and they should be installed in bedrooms and areas normally used for leaving the building. The parent´s and children´s bedrooms should both have a smoke detector. Installing a smoke alarm in a kitchen or too close to a shower or sauna may result in false alarms. Connecting the device to the mains can significantly improve safety.

Fire-extinguishing equipment

Make sure that you have a fire blanket, an extinguisher and a water hose for dealing with different types of fire in your home. Make sure that everyone in the house knows how to use a portable fire extinguisher. After all, it is a basic civic skill. Don’t extinguish burning fat with water! Water will cause the fire to spread like an explosion. Extinguish burning fat by suppressing it with a saucepan lid or a fire blanket.

Make sure that everyone in the house knows the safest and quickest way out of the building if a fire breaks out.

Never escape into a smoke-filled space!

Published 2012-02-11 14:53 , updated 2012-02-11 14:53

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