Fire load in common areas

Nothing should be stored in the stairways and corridors. There are storage areas available for both bikes and prams. Stored items can obstruct exits and get in the way of fire fighters in a rescue situation.

The Rescue Act states that as the stairways are often the only exit in apartment buildings, nothing can be stored there that could obstruct exits. This is why the Rescue Act prohibits storage of any items in passageways. This applies to stairways as well as any corridors in basements and attics.

You should also report any extra items stored in the stairways to Hoas as soon as possible. For example, "recycling corners" set up in stairways are in violation of the Rescue Act and must be removed immediately.

 

Prams

Prams kept in stairways are a common problem, and it is important to remind everyone to store them properly. If the materials used in prams catch fire, they create a thick smoke which spreads upwards in the stairwell, potentially preventing residents from exiting the building.

Helsinki Rescue Department conducted a test which showed that a burning pram produced enough smoke to fill the stairwell of a four-storey apartment block in less than two minutes. Every year, about ten prams stored in stairways are intentionally set on fire in the capital area. Considering the fact that two thirds of deaths in fires are actually caused by smoke inhalation, we cannot stress enough how important it is to store your pram properly. Please make sure your actions do not add to the risk of fire and fire damage.

Store your pram in the proper storage space, not in the stairway. If any of your neighbours break the rules by keeping their pram in the stairway, please let Hoas know.