Frequently Asked Questions

When should I change my smoke alarm batteries?

We recommend changing them every 6 months.  Many devices come with a 10-year maintenance free battery which requires no change.  Your detector will still need to be tested once per month.

When should I replace my smoke alarm?

Most devices will list an expiration date.  The common standard is 10 years.  Some alarms can go bad from dust accumulation, poor components, bad wiring or battery connection, exposure to paint and more.  If you are replacing a wired device, we recommend you purchase the same brand.  This should make replacement as easy as ‘plug and play’ for your updated alarm.  Always follow manufacturer instructions

My smoke alarm chirps. What should I do?

Smoke alarms have an audible function to signify a ‘low battery’.  Some devices will chip, or even voice ‘low battery’.  If you have a 10-year maintenance free device, you will likely need to replace the entire unit.  If you can replace the battery, change out your old batteries for new ones.  Friendly reminder that wired smoke alarms do have battery back-ups in case of power failure. 

Does my smoke alarm have batteries?

All battery powered smoke alarms will include a battery. In ‘maintenance free’ models these batteries are not always replaceable, and the device will need to be replaced. Wired smoke alarms also have a back-up battery in case of power failure.

Where should I put my carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide (CO) can be present with any home appliance that works off combustion (gas or burning). In most cases if the appliance is not well-ventilated dangerous levels of CO can manifest. Sleeping areas or bedrooms should have detections as well as basements. Don’t place these too close to your appliances because you may have positive readings that are not harmful.
Should I purchase a combination CO and Smoke alarm?
It is recommended to buy separate devices to detect smoke and carbon monoxide. Per consumer, these devices do not always detect CO effectively as separate units.
When is it safe to burn in Ohio? What do I need?
Weather conditions can dictate safe burning passage in Ohio. On windy occasions no burning shall be permitted. The State Fire Marshal website provides information on burn ban laws and what fines you can expect if you are in violation.

If burning is permitted, a pile no larger than 3×3 can be burned (natural vegetation). The fire should be at least 25 feet (50 feet is best practice) from the structure. The product must be seasoned and dry. The fire must always be attended to, and a reliable water source available. Smoke cannot obscure roadways. If the fire department is dispatched and the occupant is in violation, the fire will be extinguished, and fines may be issued.

Are burn barrels permitted?

Burn barrels are not recommended in the city of Oregon. A small fire pit may be permitted however we ask that you contact Oregon Fire Prevention for more information. You may also see ‘When is it safe to burn in Ohio? What do I need?’

What am I allowed to burn?
Natural vegetation is permitted if it has aged. No trash, leaves, yard waste or debris is permitted. If firewood is moist, it also should not be burned. Any treated wood should also not be burned.
Where can I plug in my space heater?

Space heaters can be safely powered by a single outlet and only a single outlet. The outlet should be complete with upgraded grounding in older homes. Surge protection and extension cord devices should not be used to power a space heater. The heater can provide over current causing the devices to overheat and could start a fire.

Also make sure your space heater is at least 5 feet from furniture, clothing etc. The space heater can dry these items out over time, likely causing a fire.

What kind of space heater should I buy?

Space heaters that are UL protected with safety features are the safest practice. Tilt protection as well as overheat or overcurrent protection would be preferred. The safest practice would be to use other methods for warmth like clothing and hot chocolate.

Is it safe to use extension cords?
Extension cords are intended for temporary use and should not be used as permanent wiring. As cords show fray or wear, they should be replaced. Where extension cords are applicable, we recommend a heavy duty (large gauge) brand. Even the strongest extension cord cannot replace permanent wiring, so please contact an electrician.
How often should I get my chimney cleaned?
It is recommended to clean your chimney once per year.
Do you have a non-emergency line?

You may reach station 41 at 419 698-7020. Please listen to the directory as it may help connect you to the appropriate division or personnel.

Can I have my home inspected?

Oregon Fire Prevention can visit your home and use the checklist provided on the home safety checklist tab located under resources to help guide you with a home safety inspection.  Click contact us and send your inquiry to Oregon Fire Prevention.

Can I visit the fire department?

We welcome any visitors during the day to visit our station.  We can schedule tours or answer any questions the community may have.  Click contact us to schedule a visit.

I need to schedule a Fire Safety Inspection for my business. Who can I contact?

Click contact us or visit the fire prevention page for information.

I would like to give praise to the crews who helped me. Who can I contact?

Please feel free to email, mail or schedule a visit on our contact us page.  We appreciate your time and support.

I have a general question or concern. Who can I contact?

Please click the contact us page.  You can find an appropriate selection in the dropdown for ‘regards’ or select other for any other questions?  We will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer.

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