Quarter Of Icelanders Have Uninstalled Fire Alarms - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Quarter Of Icelanders Have Uninstalled Fire Alarms

Published January 15, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Skari
Six per cent of Icelanders have no fire alarm, 25,1 per cent have only one fire alarm and 26,1 per cent said they have a fire alarm but haven’t put it up yet, reports mbl.is.
Insurance compensation in the event of a house fire however, is not lower in the absence of a fire alarm.
Fjóla Guðjónsdóttir, director of accident prevention at Sjóvá told mbl.is that research has shows those without any fire alarms are most commonly 18-30 years old. She added that although the compensation in the event of a fire is not lower for those without fire alarms, the use of fire alarms lessen the risk of property loss and should therefore be used.
House fires are more common in Iceland during the months of December,
January and February when the short days and holidays lead to an
increase in the use of candles.
In a report by Iceland’s firemen and paramedics published in 2012, the ownership of fire extinguishers and fire blankets in the homes of Icelanders has been on the decrease.
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