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Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving tablesetting

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving by the numbers

  • Thanksgivingis the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division

NFPA joins CPSC to demonstrate the fire dangers of turkey fryers in this live burn. NFPA strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers.

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

More NFPA Thanksgiving-related information

We've Moved Back to Station 3200

Newport Fire Department Has Moved Back

On Monday, October 23, 2017 our administrative offices moved back to our Main Fire Station located at 245 NW 10th Street, just west of the Catholic Church. Our phone number will remain the same, (541) 265-9461. Our office hours will continue to be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Our operational crews and our Fire Prevention Bureau have also moved back into our facility. If you missed our open house please drop by during regular office hours and see our newly remodeled station.


Message from the Chief

Chief Rob Murphy

Welcome to the Newport Fire Department official website. NFD is comprised of 27 volunteers and 11 staff. We serve approximately 12,500 residents and 5,000-15,000 guests in the City of Newport and surrounding Newport Rural Fire Protection District. We serve these areas out of three fire stations. We are a proud, service-oriented organization with a rich history. Starting as Newport Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 on May 4, 1885, we have adapted and grown along with our community. We provide first-rate Emergency Services including: Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services (including Advanced Life Support), Motor Vehicle Accident Rescue and Extrication, Hazardous Materials Response, Marine and Beach Fire/Rescue Response, Fire Inspections, Investigations and Public Education. We actively participate in community activities like Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, Newport Marathon, Holiday Toy Drive, and Newport High School Senior’s Grad Night.

I invite you to please look around our website. You will find new features such as commonly requested forms, new links and more photos.

Thank you,

Rob Murphy

Fire Chief


Seasonal Burning Information

Burn Season Re-Opened October 2

The 2017-2018 burn season has reopened. Burn permits can be picked up 245 NW 10th Street. Open fires can be no larger that 3 x 3'. Fires must be near a ready water source. Please call us with your current burn permit number 1/2 hour before you burn. All fires must be at least 25' from any other structure including fences.Unattended fires will be extinuished.

Recreational fires do not require a permit. Also, small fires for warming, cooking or religious ceremonies do not require a permit.

Beach bonfires are regulated by Oregon State Parks. Please contact Oregon State Parks for information regarding your proposed bonfire for current regulations.

Land clearing, logging operations and slash burns are regulated by Oregon Department of Forestry.

Enjoy your recreational or yard debris fire, be safe, be courteous to your neighbors and if you have any questions please call us.