Fire safety

Here you will find useful information about fire safety in SiO Housing. Familiarize yourself with fire extinguishing equipment, escape routes, and evacuation procedures. At the bottom of the page, you will find information on how to avoid triggering the fire alarm.

What should I do if the fire alarm goes off?

  • Leave the building immediately

  • If you encounter smoke, stay in your room and call 110

  • Try to warn the other tenants

Our buildings have automatic fire alarms.

All our buildings have fire alarm systems that automatically notify common areas in the building and the local fire department.

Most of our buildings have automatic fire alarms in both common areas and accommodations.

In some of our buildings, there is only automatic fire alarms in common areas. In these buildings, each accommodation is equipped with its own battery-operated fire alarm. You can find the list of these buildings below.

Buildings with battery-operated fire alarms in accommodations

Fagerborg Student House

Stensberggata Student House

Ullevål Student Village

Some buildings in Kringsjå Student Village:

Olav M. Troviks vei 18, 34, 36, 46, 48

Some buildings in Sogn Student Village:

Rolf E. Stenersens allé 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 38B, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48

Important information for residents in buildings with battery-operated fire alarms

If your residence has a battery-operated fire alarm in your accommodation (see list of buildings), you are responsible for regularly testing that the fire alarm in your accommodation is functioning correctly. You can test the fire alarm by holding down the test button for a few seconds.

You are responsible for replacing the battery in the fire alarm if there is no sound or if the sound is weak when you press the test button.

If you have a fire alarm like this one, you cannot replace the battery yourself. You must contact the caretaker immediately if this type of fire alarm is not functioning properly.

If you are unable to replace the battery or have issues with the fire alarm, you must contact the caretaker immediately.


Leave the building as quickly as possible. Close doors and windows before evacuating the building to prevent the fire from spreading. Find somewhere nearby to stay so that the fire department can access the building, and wait for further instructions.

If you need help to evacuate from your residence when the fire alarm goes off, call the Fire and Rescue Service, phone 110 and ask for assisted escape. Please state your name and residence number. Wait for the extinguish crew. You will be brought out in the case of an actual incident. They will bring a mask, which you can breathe in if necessary, when they bring you out.


Familiarise yourself with where the fire extinguishers are located. All buildings have equipment available, in most cases powder extinguishers and fire hoses. In case of smaller fires, you can try to extinguish the fire using the fire extinguisher.

Escape routes

Familiarise yourself with escape routes and emergency exits in your building. Remember that escape routes and emergency exits must be clear at all times, in case the building needs to be evacuated. Escape routes such as corridors, staircases and balconies must be tidy and clear. Belongings may be thrown away during inspection if they are blocking the routes. Emergency exits that are normally locked will automatically open if the fire alarm goes off.

How to prevent triggering the fire alarm

When the alarm goes off, it is usually caused by cooking. Here are some tips to avoid that the alarm goes off in your residence or common kitchen.

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  • Never leave the stove unattended while you are cooking

  • Use the kitchen extractor fan. When using the waffle iron, toaster, rice cooker etc; place this under the hood.

  • Keep the oven and oven trays clean

  • Be careful when you light candles

  • Do not remove the smoke detector!