Fire alarms

It is your responsibility to ensure that there is a working fire alarm in the apartment. For more information on the differences between the fire alarm system, fire alarm and mains operated smoke alarms can be found on this page.

The 2010 law states that there must be at least one fire alarm device per each 60 square metres of the apartment. An additional device must be installed for any remaining space that doesn't make up a full 60 square metres. It is your responsibility to make sure the fire alarm is in working condition. You should check your fire alarm every month to avoid any unpleasant surprises.  The condition of the fire alarm can be tested by pressing the test button on the device. If the fire alarm is working as it should, it will emit a very loud noise.

Some Hoas buildings have a centralised fire alarm system installed, which means that individual tenants do not need to buy their own fire alarms. These systems are most often found in newly built properties. The testing of this system is also the tenant's responsibility.

If you are not sure who owns the fire alarm installed in the apartment, find out from your property's pages.

If your apartment does have a centralised fire alarm system installed, please contact Hoas if there is a problem. If you break the system, for example by removing the alarm or by covering it, you will be charged for the resulting maintenance visit. If you repeatedly cause unnecessary fire alarms with your actions, such as burning your food, you will also be charged for these visits.

For more information on the differences between the fire alarm system, fire alarm and mains operated smoke alarms can be found on Hoas' website.

 

Fire alarm system

In properties, which use a fire alarm system, the alarm goes directly to the emergency response centre. Even if the alarm is false, the fire and rescue services always arrive to check the situation. The alarm will sound until the fire and rescue department has cancelled it. Therefore, please do not tear the fire alarm off or damage it in any way if it sounds an alarm.

Some apartments have a fire alarm system, which sends an alarm directly to Securitas. Even if the alarm is false, Securitas always arrives to check the situation. The alarm will continue sounding until Securitas has cancelled it. Therefore, please do not tear the fire alarm off or damage it in any way if it sounds an alarm.

If you are found to cause repeated false fire alarms in your apartment, the emergency response centre may charge you for the visits.

Hoas is responsible for maintaining the fire alarm system. If the equipment fails, please report this to Hoas without a delay. Please do not remove or damage the equipment, or the costs incurred may be charged to you.

If you are not sure what kind of smoke detector you have in your apartment, please check the general information for your property. You can see the general information by entering your address in Hoas' apartments on the website.

Installing a fire alarm

If the landlord has not installed a fire alarm in the apartment, the tenant must do so. In Finland, a fire alarm is a cheap device which can be bought in almost every supermarket.

In practice, all properties completed since 2009 have smoke detectors provided by Hoas.

Please keep in mind these few things regarding the installation and maintenance of a fire alarm/smoke detector.

  • Mount the smoke detector preferably in the middle of the ceiling (if the roof is slanted, mount the smoke detector at the highest point).
  • Please do not place the smoke detector in a corner or near a wall – there must be at least 50 centimetres between the smoke detector and the wall. If you install the smoke detector on the wall, it should be at least 15 centimetres from the ceiling. There is stagnant air where the ceiling and wall meet, which can affect the operation of the detector.
  • Please do not install the smoke detector near air conditioning vents or a window that is opened for ventilation.
  • Please do not place the smoke detector in the bathroom, as moisture may cause false alarms. Smoke detectors located in the kitchen can easily give false alarms.
  • Please do not place the smoke detector near a fluorescent tube.
  • There must be one smoke detector for each 60 square metres of dwelling.
  • Test your smoke detector regularly.
  • If the smoke detectors beeps regularly, this indicates that the batteries are running low. This is your cue to change the batteries.

Fire alarms connected to the mains

Some of Hoas' properties have smoke detectors that are connected to the mains. These smoke detectors sound an alarm only in the apartment, and the alarm is not automatically transmitted anywhere else.

If the alarm fails and you cannot stop it by airing the room, for instance, please contact Hoas' maintenance department on 09-549 900 by selecting option three (weekdays 9 am-4 pm) or the emergency call-out unit (if the Hoas service centre is closed) on 020 491 2720.

Residents are responsible for testing the smoke detectors regularly. Hoas is responsible for maintaining the fire alarm system. Therefore, if the equipment fails, please report this to Hoas. If the smoke detector is disconnected or broken, the costs can be charged to the tenant.

Pasilanraitio 10 has a local smoke detector, which is being maintained by Heka.

If you are not sure what kind of smoke detector you have in your apartment, please check the general information for your property. You can see the general information by entering your address in Hoas' apartments on the website.