Smoke Alarms

It is Essential to Have Working Smoke AlarmsSmoke Alarm

Smoke alarms are essential because they provide an early warning of a fire developing in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Deadly smoke can fill your home in a matter of minutes. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Properly placed and maintained smoke alarms increase your chances of surviving a fire by 50%. Smoke alarms are intended to warn you whether you are awake or asleep.

Smoke AlarmIt is recommended you have a smoke alarm on every level of the home, in the immediate area outside of the sleeping rooms, and in every bedroom. If you discover your child will not wake to a traditional sounding alarm, consider installing a personalized parent voice alarm.

Smoke alarms are powered by either a battery or are hardwired into your home’s electrical system. Hardwired smoke alarms are usually equipped with a backup battery. If your smoke alarm is powered by battery, the battery needs to be replaced annually unless it is a long-life battery (check the owner’s manual). All batteries should be maintained and replaced in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance. Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are functioning.

Smoke Alarm for Hearing Impaired
Smoke Alarm for Hearing Impaired

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General Information

To Request a Free Smoke Alarm Installed if You are in Need

Test Smoke Alarms Monthly!
Test Smoke Alarms Monthly!

Local/State Laws

Additional Department Information

Fire and Life Safety Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Fire & Life Safety Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Deputy Chief - Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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