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Smoke Alarms

smoke detector with clouds of smoke

General Information

Why have a smoke alarm? The cause of most fire deaths is smoke – not flames.  Most fire deaths and injuries occur between midnight and 8 am when people are asleep. Seconds count – you have less than three minutes to escape a house fire. The earlier a smoke alarm alerts you to a fire, the more likely you will get out alive


Oregon Requirements

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery-powered to come equipped with a 10-year battery and a hush feature. Some alarms with 10-year batteries are also made to be tamper proof.

Test & Replace

  • Test smoke alarms before automatically changing the battery.
  • Follow manufacturer instructions when testing and maintaining alarms.
  • Replace all smoke alarms 10 years old or older.

​Smoke Alarm Fact Sheets

Why should I have a smoke Alarm? 
Fire Safety for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Smoke Alarm and CO Chart