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PF&R Marks 5-Year Anniversary of Carbon Monoxide Law During Heating Season

Carbon monoxide alarms that were installed when the law requiring them in Oregon homes are nearing the end of their useful life. Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind residents to be safe and replace them before the holiday season when families use many fuel burning appliances at the same time.

On July 1, 2010, the Lofgren and Zander Memorial Act (Oregon Revised Statutes, 90.317) went into effect throughout Oregon, requiring landlords to ensure their properties have one or more properly functioning carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in or near all sleeping areas when they entered into new rental agreements. Since then, Oregon has increased the scope of the legislation, to require landlords to install CO alarms in all their properties, regardless of lease status. Oregon also now requires sellers of any residence, including one- and two-family homes, to install CO alarms. More information can be found at: Oregon State Legislature, http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/90.317.

Even if the law does not pertain to your specific type of dwelling, fire officials urge everyone to be safe and install CO alarms now.

Today's newer 10-year CO alarms contain non-removable 10-year batteries. These alarms provide peace of mind because the batteries do not need to be changed. Simply replace the entire alarm at the end of its 10-year life.

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH
To help with this educational, life safety outreach, First Alert has donated 250 carbon monoxide alarms to the Friends of Portland Fire & Rescue Foundation. To see if you qualify for one of these alarms, call PF&R's Smoke Alarm Hotline at 503-823-3752.

HOW MANY CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS DO I NEED?
The U.S. Fire Administration (www.usfa.fema.gov) recommends that homes have carbon monoxide alarms installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home. More carbon monoxide facts can be found at www.firstalert.com.

Portland Students Compete In Fire Safety Coloring Contest

Portland classrooms took out their crayons to illustrate safety messages.

Portland students took part in a coloring contest sponsored by Portland Fire & Rescue. Firefighters visited area schools and explained safety messages students should cover, such as "Hear a Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm," "Fire Catches, So Don't Play with Matches," and "Fireworks Facts." Students got creative and Fire Chief Erin Janssens picked the winning submissions. All the winners were awarded prizes. Here are the winning entries...

Fire Catches, Don't Play with Matches

By Sabin First Grade Student

 

Two Ways Out

By Sabin Second Grade Student

 

Fireworks Start Fires Every Year

By Sabin Fifth Grade Student

 

Don't Set off Illegal Fireworks

By Sabin Fifth Grade Student

 

That Was Supposed to be Fun, but Now Your House is Done!

Sabin Fifth Grade Student

 

Always Have a Way Out

By Sabin Fifth Grade Student

 

Use Battery Operated Candles Instead of Real Ones

By Kelly Elementary School Fourth Grade Student

 

Home Escape Plan

By Buckman Elementary First Grade Student