Testhornet’s Inventor fights fires for a living
My name is Anders Hansson and I work as a firefighter and I created Testhornet. I started working in 1983 with Fire Prevention Services in Ystad, in the south of Sweden, and I have never regretted my career choice. I am currently working for Räddningstjänsten Syd (Fire & Rescue Services for the South). I came up with the idea of Testhornet in 2009 when I was testing my own smoke-alarm. As a fire fighter I talk to people every day about the importance of smoke-alarms in helping to prevent a tragedy. Well, you have to practice what you preach and it was time to test my own smoke-alarm at home.
I live in a regular house and despite my 1.80m height I was unable reach the test button on the alarm. “Lazy like everybody else” I started looking around for something to push the button with… I wouldn’t use a chair to stand on! I found our shoehorn and I tried it and… it didn’t work! But the idea was born and in the evening I made the first prototype with a little Plastic Padding and an M8 bolt. Had I known that I would go on to win the prize for Årets Smarta Sak 2011 (Smartest Gadget 2011), everything would have been easier already!