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Apartments/Rental Units


Fire Inspection Tips for Apartment Managers and Owners




·         Exit doors should be accessible at all times.

·         Corridors and other escape routes need to be kept clear.

·         Nothing should be stored in exit ways or under stairs.


Portable Fire Extinguishers

·         Portable fire extinguishers, when required, shall be installed in common areas
and in plain view, in an accessible spot near escape routes. Travel distance to extinguishers shall be no more than 75 feet.

·         Install extinguishers so that the top is no more than five feet above the floor. They shall be easy to reach and remove, and placed where they will not be damaged.

·         Fire extinguishers need to be inspected regularly and periodically hydrostatically tested according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Extension Cords

·         Extension cords shall not be used as permanent wiring. They should only be used with portable appliances and plugged directly into an approved receptacle, power tap or multi-plug adapter.

·         All extension cords need to be in good condition without splices, deterioration or damage. They should be grounded when servicing grounded appliances.

·         Extension cords should not be affixed to structures, extend through walls, ceilings, and floors or under doors or floor coverings. They should not be exposed to environmental or physical damage.


Laundry Rooms

·         Laundry rooms need to be clean.

·         Lint traps and vents should be cleaned regularly to prevent the accumulation of lint.


Switchboards and Panel Boards

·         30' clearance for switchboards and panelboards is required.

Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems

·         Apartment managers or owners are responsible for inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems such as fire alarm and sprinkler systems. Engage a licensed contractor. 
·         Apartment managers or owners are responsible for keeping records of testing, maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems. Records should be kept readily accessible.


·         Attics and boiler rooms shall not be used to store combustible items.

·         Encourage all residents to have a fire escape plan and to practice it regularly. A good escape plan will list two ways out, show a meeting place and list emergency phone numbers.


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: Acting Fire Marshal Chase Browning
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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