Smoke Alarms

  • Roughly three out of five fire deaths happen in homes with either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

** Source for content: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). **

Things to Know

  • Smoke alarms must be installed according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Smoke alarms should be placed in all bedrooms or sleeping areas.
  • Smoke alarms must be tested monthly.
  • If your device chirps, It likely needs a new battery or needs to be replaced.
  • Once your device is out of recommended replacement or expiration it should be replaced

Let Us Help

Oregon Fire is affiliated with the Red Cross to offer smoke detectors to residents in need.  Simply click ‘Contact Us’ and complete the form.

Prevent Smoke Alarm Activation

Click here for the Home Safety Checklist.

Safest Practices
  • Fire extinguisher in kitchen, garage, and every level of home (near exit).
  • Smoke Alarms are installed and in working order.
  • Carbon Monoxide alert on every level, near bedrooms if applicable.
  • Second story bedrooms should have emergency ladders for safe egress.
  • Family members who are less mobile should remain on the main floor for safe/simple egress.
  • Any electrical equipment not in use should be unplugged.
  • Storage should be avoided near any appliance producing heat. This includes a fireplace, furnace, water heater etc.  Generally, 3 feet is a safe clearance.
  • Smoking should only occur outdoors, and smoking remnants should be placed in a proper receptacle.
  • Candles, matches, lighters or any other flame producing item must be attended to by a capable adult. These items should also be stored a safe distance from combustibles when in use.  Children should also be educated on the dangers of these items.  When items are not in use and cooled, properly store or discard out of children’s reach.

When All Else Fails (Fire Emergencies)

Do you have access to a phone to call 911?

Are you and all family members able to provide the home address?

Do you know two ways out of every room in the home?

Where is your extinguisher?

Where is your safe meeting place?

Have all family members practiced an escape plan, and a safe meeting place?

Is your home easy to find? Especially at night, some homes are difficult to locate.  Please have large numbers on the home or consider a mailbox sign to help us find your home.

Pets can be rescued by fire personnel.  Please do not go back inside for any reason if your home is on fire.

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