Smoke Alarm Program

Newport News homeowners can apply for a free smoke alarm.   If you need a smoke alarm installed, tested, or replaced, call our Free Smoke Alarm Hotline at 757-975-5454 and leave your contact information. You can also apply by using the online form.  Please note that fire department personnel cannot assist in changing or installing hard-wired smoke alarms.  

Smoke Alarm Information


Landlords are responsible for supplying and installing smoke alarms for their tenants. Smoke alarms reduce property loss, injuries, and death. Smoke alarms last approximately 10 years.  Monthly testing is recommended to ensure the alarm works. The manufacturer's instructions contain additional information on maintaining your smoke alarm.

 The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a smoke alarm be placed on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside of every separate sleeping area.

Additional Information


You can find more information on smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors, fire escape planning, and emergency preparedness from the U.S. Fire Administration or the National Fire Protection Association.