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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Apr 28

Spring Fire Safety Tips

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 7:56 AM by Communications Department

A message from the Newport News Fire Department

Spring is officially in full bloom! With the cold months now behind us, the Newport News Fire Department has some spring fire safety tips for you to remember when you’re spring cleaning, kicking on your AC units and working on projectspaints_SC around the house and yard. 
• Dispose of old cans of paints and thinners, accumulated paper and magazines. Check out our Household Hazardous Waste website for resources on how to dispose of household hazardous waste.
• Replace or clean your furnace filter.
• Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter. Keeping your cooking area free from grease will help keep a stovetop fire from spreading.
• Get your heat/ac system and water heater inspected.
• Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
• Replace all worn extension cords.
• Trim trees and bushes away from the house.

This will aid in preventing fire spread if you do have a fire on your property. While all of these tips are helpful, don’t forget to check smoke alarms! frayed cord_SCWorking smoke alarms double your chance of surviving a fire. Believe it or not, smoke alarms are only good for 10 years, then they need to be replaced. In the meantime, dust your smoke alarms to keep them working well. If you are a Newport News homeowner and would like the Newport News Fire Department to install a smoke alarm in your home visit the NNFD website or call 757-247-2332. If you rent, your landlord is responsible for installing working smoke alarms. For more information, visit or call the NNFD Public Education Office at 757-247-2332.