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A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Household Carbon Monoxide Sources


Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen within a matter of minutes and is responsible for more deaths than any other single poison. In low levels this odorless, colorless poison can hurt you slowly. In moderate levels it can cause permanent neurological dysfunctions or may take lives in higher levels. Protection against this deadly poison is as easy as installing a simple carbon monoxide detector in your home or office.

CO emissions are produced whenever fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned. The amount of CO produced while using fuel-burning appliances is usually not harmful. It becomes hazardous when appliances are used improperly or are not functioning adequately.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat. People need to be informed about. By educating ourselves on the dangers of CO we can significantly reduce the health risk as well as save lives. Although everyone needs to be aware of the dangers, some people are more susceptible than others. The following are more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Fetuses
  • Infants
  • Elderly People
  • Those who suffer from anemia, respiratory or heart disease


Precautionary Measures
Routinely at the beginning of every heating season home owners should have their fuel burning appliances checked by a qualified technician. Appliances deteriorate with time and can be a health risk to those who live in the home.

Besides having your appliances inspected, those using fuel-burning appliances should have their homes equipped with carbon monoxide detectors to provide added peace of mind. Appliances can break down any time of year so it is important to have a back-up system in place to keep you informed when CO levels increase. A CO detector should be placed on every floor in the home to provide the best protection. Also knowing which carbon monoxide detectors to choose and knowing how CO detectors work can help maximize security

Health Risks
Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with other illness symptoms and can often go undetected. If not treated promptly carbon monoxide poisoning can result in long-term health problems. When symptoms such as nausea, headaches and light-headedness occur, the ill man, woman or child should be checked by a physician, especially when more than one person in the home is showing these symptoms. Learn more about carbon monoxide heart attacks.

Keeping Our Community Safe

2018 Home Fire Sprinkler Day

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Save the Date! Saturday, May 19, 2018

Every day, seven people die from U.S. home fires. The time has come to bring attention to this problem and its solution on a national scale.

NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalitionare initiating Home Fire Sprinkler Day. This project tasks fire sprinkler advocates across America with hosting simultaneous events that promote home fire sprinklers. These events are aimed at drawing awareness to this life-saving technology while breaking down the myths and legislative barriers to its use. The goal is to have safety advocates host at least one sprinkler-related event in all 50 states.

Taking action is easy. We've outlined some ideas and have given you the resources to make your event a success. If you need any assistance or have questions, please contact us.

List of potential activities

Take part in one or more of these events. We advise checking with your state or regional fire sprinkler coalitionfirst to coordinate any events with them.

  • Host a side-by-side live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration
  • Conduct a fire departmentopen house featuring fire sprinkler information and sprinkler riser display
  • Initiate a media event/walk-through of a sprinklered home in your community
  • Dedicate a training session to your fire department staff on the myths and factsof home fire sprinklers
  • Advocate for a "Home Fire Sprinkler Day" proclamation in your town (model language coming soon)
  • Spearhead a social media campaign demanding local legislators and decision makers address local fire problem/support sprinklers
  • Write letters to the editor or op-eds underscoring your local fire problem and fire sprinkler laws or lack thereof (templates coming soon)


Home Fire Sprinkler Day resources

Use these resources to help convince the media and others on the necessity of fire sprinklers. Some make great handouts, while others are shareable on social media.


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.