October is Fire Prevention Month

     Clackamas Fire District website


Information from Clackamas Fire District #1 


Every October, Clackamas Fire District #1 recognizes Fire Prevention Month. This year's theme, which is determined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is "Don't Wait -- Check the Date!" According to the NFPA, three of five home fire deaths occur in residences without a working smoke alarm. Many people know about the importance of testing smoke alarms regularly to ensure that they are working properly, but did you also know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years? The reliability of a smoke alarm greatly diminishes after ten years, so it is important to check how old all of the smoke alarms in your home are. In order to find out how old they are, simply look at the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture should be printed. If it has been ten or more years since the alarm was manufactured, install a new smoke alarm! 


In addition to making sure that your smoke alarms are less than ten years old, it is important to test them monthly to make sure that they work. Taking just a few moments each month to press the test buttons on your smoke alarms could save your life in the event of a fire. Other important tips for keeping your family safe include installing smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside all sleeping areas, and on every level of your home, and keeping doors closed in order to slow the spread fire. If a smoke alarm in your home starts sounding, get outside and call 9-1-1. 


If you would like to learn more about the importance of smoke alarms, and other aspects of fire and life safety, attend one of Clackamas Fire's open houses throughout the month of October. Citizens are encouraged to visit the stations during these times to take tours of the stations and apparatus, spend time with the firefighters that serve their community, and to learn valuable fire and life safety information. Below is a list of the 2016 open house dates and locations: 


Saturday, October 1, 2016 

1:00-3:00pm at Fire Station 6 

12901 SE King Rd, Happy Valley, OR 


Saturday, October 8, 2016 

1:00-3:00pm at Fire Station 14 

28655 SE Hwy 212, Boring, OR 


Saturday, October 15, 2016 

1:00-3:00pm at Fire Station 15 

624 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 


Saturday, October 22, 2016 

1:00-3:00pm at Fire Station 3 

2930 SE Oak Grove Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 


Monday, October 31, 2016 

5:30-8:30pm at Fire Station 18 

32200 SE Judd Road, Eagle Creek, OR