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Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarm Brochure
Smoke Alarms

It is Essential to Have
Working Smoke Alarms

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 home fire. Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a developing fire and they warn you whether you are awake or asleep.

It 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. 

Smoke alarms are either solely powered by a battery or are hardwired into your home’s electrical system with a battery back up.  Batteries need to be replaced every year in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance. Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are functioning.

Smoke alarms have a limited lifespan and must be replaced every 5-10 years, depending on the model.  Check the manufacturers guidelines. 

Smoke Alarm for Hearing Impaired
Smoke Alarm for Hearing Impaired

Click the picture for Medford Fire's smoke alarm brochure.

General Information
Request a Free Smoke Alarm 
  • Submit a smoke alarm installation request online here or
  • Email American Red Cross at  or
  • Call at 541-749-4144  
Test Smoke Alarms Monthly!
Test Smoke Alarms Monthly!
Local and 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: Battalion Chief - Fire Marshal Chase Browning
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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