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FIR-6.07 - Smoke Detector Installation in Rental Units

SMOKE DETECTOR INSTALLATION IN RENTAL UNITS
Administrative Rule Adopted by Portland Fire & Rescue Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority
ARB-FIR-6.07

PURPOSE:
The policy is to establish guidelines for installing smoke detectors inrental properties.

SCOPE:
This policy shall apply to all Portland Fire & Rescue members involved with installing smoke detectors during inspections, emergency responses, or fire safety campaigns.

GENERAL:
Oregon Revised Statue 479.250 to 479.300 defines guidelines for the installation of smoke detectors in rental units.

PROCEDURES:
Under normal situations, the Fire Bureau will not install smoke detectors in rental units. The responsibility lies with the owner of the building.
When a member of the Fire Bureau encounters a rental unit without a smoke detector, a Fire bureau Form 300.57 "Notice for Landlords" will be given to the resident, with instructions to fill out the form, and send  it to the landlord. Return the yellow copy to the Public Education Office.
Along with the form, a letter will be given to the resident instructing then to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office, if the landlord does not respond  within ten (10) days.
When, in the judgment of the member, there is a serious need for a smoke detector in a rental unit, one can be installed. Fill out Fire Bureau form "Portland Fire Bureau Smoke Detector Program", leave the resident the yellow copy, and send the white copy to the Public Education Office.
In all cases, the Public Education Office needs the address, the owner’s name, and phone number for referral purpose.
 

HISTORY
 
Filed for inclusion in PPD June 13, 2003.
Originally adopted by Fire Marshal as Fire Prevention Division Policy Manual Document F-7, effective October 10, 1987, revised July 28, 1997.