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Personal Fire Safety

Here we explore a few topics related to personal fire safety for Oregonians. Let us know if you have a topic you'd like covered or further explained. We'd like to help. 

Older Adult Fire and Fall Prevention
According to the Portland State University Population Research Center, more than 30% of Oregon’s population is age 50 and over. In the five-year period from 2007-2012, this age group accounted for 63.5% of fire fatalities in Oregon. In addition, falls are also the leading cause of hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries among Oregon’s older adults.
We developed 'Take the Right Steps' fire and fall prevention and safety for older adults to reduce fire and fall injuries and fatalities for Oregon’s older adult population. Check out more on this page. 

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Safety
We encourage deaf and hard of hearing populations to investigate the best methods for fire safety.  Here are some recommendations:

Low Frequency Smoke Alarm
A typical smoke alarm makes a high pitched, piercing sound; however, for many people with hearing loss, this sound is beyond their hearing range. The low frequency smoke alarm is designed for people with high frequency or high pitch hearing loss. It provides a loud, low frequency tone which is much easier for people with hearing loss to hear.
Strobe Smoke Alarm 
This type of alarm has both a visual and audible smoke alarm. The smoke alarm may be hard-wired with a battery backup to maintain the audible alarm, or may be stand-alone, battery-powered, or plug-in to an electrical outlet. These alarms use a flashing strobe light to provide a visual alarm, as well as an audible alarm.
Smoke Alarm with Bed Shaker
A low-frequency (audible), light or text (visual), and shaker (tactile) smoke alarm system. This type of alarm plugs in to an electrical outlet, and the shaker is placed under the pillow or mattress. It shakes when activated, produces an audible, low frequency alarm, and some models can also visually signals users of activation.

Office of State Fire Marshal
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
​​​Phone: 503-373-1540
Fax: 503-373-1825​

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday ​​


Learn more for older adults

Take the Right Steps Fire Video

Take the Right Steps Fall Video

Take Steps to Prevent Fires Checklist

Take Steps to Prevent Falls Checklist

Learn more for deaf or hard of hearing safety

Prevention and Plans

Electrical Safety Video in American Sign Language

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