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New Training Officer Sworn In

New Training Officer Sworn In

Battalion Chief of Training Jason Wells was sworn in on June 7, 2024.  Accompanying Chief Wells and family during the ceremony was Fire Chief Clayton O'Brien, Assistant Chief Mark Mullins, Battalion Chief Tom Saunders and department members, and Mayor Michael...

City of Oregon host “BOOMFEST 2024”

Please join us in celebrating on July 13, 2024, at 3000 Dustin Rd (Rear Parking Lot).  The event begins at 02:00pm and concludes at midnight.   Enjoy food trucks, live entertainment, activities and fireworks at dusk.  Please bring a lawn chair to enjoy the venue. Live...

Spring Into Summer Safety-This Saturday (5/11/24)

Safe Kids Greater Toledo and Oregon Fire Rescue are hosting Spring Into Summer Safety  this Saturday (5/11/24).  The event will be held at Oregon Fire Station #41 at 1040 S. Wynn Rd, 11am-2pm.   Come and meet Oregon Firefighters and tour the station and various...

First Ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to host the first ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force full scale exercise. This successful excersise only happened because of the collaboration between multiple agencies. First, and...

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety

In 2010-2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 civilian deaths, 440 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.   Here is everything you need to know about clothes dryer fire safety and prevention!

Clothes Dryer Fires- Facts and Stats

  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
  • The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
  • A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
  • Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.
laundry dryer
Clothes Dryers and Fire Safety- Quick Tips
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  •  Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  •  Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you you go to sleep.

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Latest News

New Training Officer Sworn In

New Training Officer Sworn In

Battalion Chief of Training Jason Wells was sworn in on June 7, 2024.  Accompanying Chief Wells and family during the ceremony was Fire Chief Clayton O'Brien, Assistant Chief Mark Mullins, Battalion Chief Tom Saunders and department members, and Mayor Michael...

City of Oregon host “BOOMFEST 2024”

Please join us in celebrating on July 13, 2024, at 3000 Dustin Rd (Rear Parking Lot).  The event begins at 02:00pm and concludes at midnight.   Enjoy food trucks, live entertainment, activities and fireworks at dusk.  Please bring a lawn chair to enjoy the venue. Live...

Spring Into Summer Safety-This Saturday (5/11/24)

Safe Kids Greater Toledo and Oregon Fire Rescue are hosting Spring Into Summer Safety  this Saturday (5/11/24).  The event will be held at Oregon Fire Station #41 at 1040 S. Wynn Rd, 11am-2pm.   Come and meet Oregon Firefighters and tour the station and various...

First Ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to host the first ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force full scale exercise. This successful excersise only happened because of the collaboration between multiple agencies. First, and...

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