Sponsored post: Whether it’s a socket or a handle, we’ve all come to realise that practical doesn’t have to mean ugly. But it seems that this message has been in slow in reaching the world of fire safety.
Here’s a case in point – on finishing my dream kitchen, the first thing my other half gave me was a fire extinguisher. And a fire blanket.
After he’d batted away my suggestion that this must mean I’m a terrible cook, he encouraged me to keep them somewhere visible should I ever set the kitchen on fire.
Big hunks of white plastic cluttering up my shelves? No thank you. So they were stashed at the back of a cupboard, behind the cat food, never to be seen again.
I was playing fast and loose with the rules of fire safety but at least my kitchen remained beautiful. And then I discovered another way – products that were gorgeous and safe by Jalo, stocked at HomeArama, a store that specialises in independent design brands.
Based in Finland, Jalo specialises in design-led smoke alarms, fire blankets and extinguishers, so your home can be Scandi-cool and safe. HomeArama kindly sent me products to try and I think you’ll agree that they’re anything but solely practical.
See the picture at the top showcasing a Phoenix fire extinguisher – did you spot it? It’s on the left at the bottom. Phoenix has been designed especially for the kitchen and is used like a can of hairspray, plus its contents are environmentally friendly.
The fire blankets are my favourite range – as a child of the 1980s, I love that they’re patterned with Moomins! I happily hung the Moomin Adventure blanket:
You might only associate fire blankets with chip pan fires but what’s great about the Jalo blankets is that they’re big and thick enough to wrap over your body if you need to escape the room or a building, too. So should the worst ever happen, you have some dependable, durable protection.
Finally, I fixed one of the Kupu smoke alarms in my studio – its bright turquoise colour looks great against the green walls and almost matches my clock. Not only does it not resemble a smoke alarm, it almost looks and feels like a speaker. Kupu just sticks to the surface – no mess, no fuss.
As I have a skylight in my office and the ceiling is quite low, I had to fix it vertically. However, it’s worth noting that smoke alarms should be stuck to the ceiling as per fire regulations. I’ll have to give the top a vacuum every so often to make sure the vents don’t get filled with dust.
After putting all this in place, I felt oddly reassured that I’d taken precautions against any accidents. And I hadn’t compromised on having something I didn’t like spoiling my view. Great design with a purpose is always a win in my books.
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