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Dec 01

Apply for a Free Smoke Detector to be Installed in Your Home

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM by Communications Department

Working smoke alarms double your chance of surviving a house fire. Smoke alarms reduce property loss, injuries, and death. As a way to help ensure safety in the community, the Newport News Fire Department offers a Smoke Alarm Installation and Education program. Newport News homeowners can apply now to have a smoke alarm installed in their home by the fire department for free.
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If you already have a smoke alarm, remember they need to be replaced every 10 years. Monthly testing is recommended to make certain the alarm works. The manufacturer's instructions also contains additional information on maintaining your smoke alarm.

If you aren’t in need of a new smoke alarm, the fire department encourages you to look into the type of alarm you currently have installed. There are two different types of smoke alarms, ionization and photoelectric. The ionization type smoke alarms are quicker when a flaming, fast-moving fire occurs. Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires. There are also combination smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric sensors into one unit, called dual sensor smoke alarms. It is recommended to have the installation of both ionization and photoelectric alarms since you do not know what type of fire will start in a home. 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.

Residents can call the Newport News Fire Department Smoke Alarm Hotline at 757-247-8888 for questions or apply online for the Newport News Fire Department Smoke Alarm Installation and Education Program. More information about the program can be found here.