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Welcome to the Newport Township Fire Protection District web page. We are located in northeast Illinois in Lake County. Our headquarters station one is located in Wadsworth across from the Post Office, and station two is located on Old Hwy 41 just south of the Wisconsin border. We are proud to serve the people who live, work and travel within Newport Township.


Lightning Protection Systems Recommended

Monday, June 22, 2015   Frequently Asked Questions about Lightning ProtectionPrepared for property owners considering lightning protection for their residence, farm buildings, condominium, summer cottage, winter home — questions most commonly asked by owners considering lightning protection — some questions have several answers.

Will a lightning protection system really protect my property, family and contents of my building from lightning?

Absolutely. A lightning protection system properly installed in accordance with the latest standard requirements is approximately 99% effective in preventing potential lightning damage. These statistics are furnished by the Underwriters Laboratories on UL Master Label inspected systems starting in 1923 to the present.


I didn't know lightning rods were used anymore. Years ago, I used to see them on barns in rural areas. Why don't I see more lightning rod systems today on newer buildings?

Many lightning protection systems on newer construction, especially residences, are concealed or built in during construction. Only the 10" neutral colored points or air terminals are visible from the exterior of the building. The cables, connectors, clamps, etc. are coursed underneath the roof, built-in between the rafters and the studs during construction and grounds are located either in the basement or outside the foundation below grade.


How do I know my system will be properly installed?

Deal with a local established lightning protection installation company or contractor. Do not deal with transient fly-by-night companies passing through the country offering "a good deal". Insist that the salesman or lightning protection representative show credentials such as being a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and ask for a list of customers in your immediate area. Also, ask for your system to be in accordance with the Underwriters Laboratories Master Label certificate requirements and/or certified by the Lightning Protection Institute. Remit your payment after the installation has been completed and you will receive the UL Master Label certificate or LPI Certification by mail.


I have my building insured - why do I need lightning protection?

Even though you have your building insured, most policies have a first dollar deductible paid for by the owner before the policy takes effect. A lightning protection system will eliminate all future lightning damage; therefore you will not need to pay $250 to $500 deductible. In reality, this reduces your cost of insurance by eliminating the deductible resulting from lightning damage.

The loss resulting from lightning damage is very seldom insured 100% of replacement value. An insurance policy is usually written with an 80/20 clause for depreciation or is deducted. From an insurance standpoint, lightning protection is a good investment.


How susceptible am I or what is my lightning risk during a thunderstorm?

This depends on what part of the United States you are located. General Electric statistics show that lightning strikes each square mile from 1 to 1-1/2 times the number of thunderstorm days per year. In the state of Florida, which averages from 80 to 100 thunderstorm days per year, this means that lightning will strike each square mile of Florida from 80 to 150 times each year. In the Midwest, which averages from 40 to 50 thunderstorm days per year, this means that lightning will strike each square mile from between 40 to a maximum of 75 times each year.


How does a lightning protection system work?

A properly installed lightning protection system intercepts the lightning bolt between cloud and earth and harmlessly conducts it to ground without damage. In reality, a lightning protection system raises the ground from grade to the tips of the points or air terminals.


I have tall trees right next to my house. Won't they protect me?

Lightning is no respecter and trees are not a good conductor of electricity. Lightning may strike a tree and then flash over from the tree roots into the house via the water, gas or electric lines or some other means. A lightning protection system installed on the home offers only protection to the home and a system installed on a tree offers protection only for the tree. If a system is installed on a house and tree that are with 25 feet of each other, the two systems should be interconnected to create a common ground.


How many years will a lightning protection system last?

With proper maintenance and periodic inspection, the system should last as long as you own your property. Many lightning protection systems have lasted 50 years with proper maintenance.


I have heard that lightning rods attract lightning.

A lightning rod system will not attract lightning nor will a system repel a strike. At the time the leader stroke leaves the clouds starting downward toward ground, the equal and opposite ground charge is seeking a path upward to meet or neutralize the cloud charge. If the cloud charge is over a building with a lightning protection system, the earth charge uses this system and dissipates out the top of the air terminals and the two charges meet at a location called striking distance, usually 150 feet, more or less, above ground.


Does lightning ever strike more than once in the same place?

Yes, very often. The Empire State Building in New York City, which has a lightning protection system, is struck on average 100 times a year without damage to the system or building.

The fact that lightning strikes multiple times in a location is a good indication that it will strike again if the object or building is still standing after the first strike. Localized conditions, mineral contents in the sub-soil, etc., are all reasons why lightning may strike many times within a given area.


During thunderstorms I have electrical problems within my building. Will a lightning protection system prevent this from happening?

Yes, in addition to the lightning protection system consisting of air terminals, conductor cables, clamps, fasteners, 10 foot grounds, etc., a secondary lightning suppressor is installed on your electric service entrance panel to prevent current fluctuations (called lightning surges) during a thunderstorm. These power surges can result even when lightning strikes nearby.


Your price is too high!

You purchase a lightning protection system for your residence or building only once and it's important that the system be installed according to the latest code requirements and that quality materials be used. Over the lifetime of your system, the cost is pennies per thunderstorm which, in reality, is very inexpensive when you consider a system properly installed is over 99% effective.

There are transient companies that install lightning protection system on homes and other structures throughout the country. Prices charged could be very low or ridiculously high. If you have any doubt about the company providing an estimate, ask him for his credentials and for any other installations in the area that have been provided. Run your checks before you agree to an installation. It is often after the fact that people realize they paid too much money and suspect that the installation doesn’t meet the national standards. By then, it's too late.


Is it dangerous to stand near a lightning conductor during a thunderstorm?

No, not if a conductor is properly grounded.


Why is it necessary to have more than one ground on a lightning protection system?

All lightning protection standards call for a minimum of two downleads and grounds in order to provide a circuit or two-way traveling path to ground. Also, a minimum of two grounds facilitate adhering to the standard requiring "common grounding" with the metal water pipe, electric ground, telephone ground, gas piping as well as bonding to metal parts of the building such as eaves, downspouts, metal exhaust fans, ventilators, etc.




Summer Safety

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 

 Enjoy the summer sun, but make sure your safety efforts shine just as brightly.

Here are 10 tips for keeping kids (and adults) safe this summer.

Block the sun

The sun's intensity is at its peak during the summer, so it is more critical than ever to apply sunscreen before going outside. Not just on sunny days either; the sun's rays can still damage your skin when it’s cloudy. Be sure to apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) at least 20 minutes before going outdoors.

Stay afloat

Teach your children never to enter the water without an adult, and watch them at all times when you are near a pool or beach. Don't allow floaties or other flotation devices to take the place of close supervision. Try to swim at beaches with a lifeguard on duty.

Wear a helmet

Unfortunately, many parents still do not insist that their children wear a helmet every single time they ride their bike.

Roll with caution

In addition to helmets when inline skating, skateboarding and scooting, kids should always wear elbow, wrist and knee pads to prevent injuries associated with falls. Make sure the safety equipment fits properly and is worn correctly. Teach your child to stay away from cars and other vehicles, and use the sidewalk and paved off-road paths. Never allow your child to wear headphones while riding; the music will block traffic sounds.

Get moving

Childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate. According to the American Obesity association, more than 15 percent of Americans ages six to 19 are obese. Summer is a wonderful time to head outside and get some exercise.

Practice car care

Don't ever leave your kids (or pets) in the car while you are running errands, even for just a few minutes. Even on mild days, the rising temperature of a vehicle can be dangerous because a young child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s, which can lead to injury or death.

Stay hydrated

If spending time outside in hot weather is necessary, have your child drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in the shade. Severe dehydration can take the form of heat exhaustion and heat stroke – two serious conditions that require immediate action.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include fatigue, dizziness, headaches and nausea. The symptoms of heat stroke include red-hot dry skin from lack of sweat, confusion and delirium. If you suspect heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Watch for traffic

According to the Department of Transportation, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic crash every eight minutes. Children darting out between vehicles and dashing across intersections account for 60-70 percent of the total pedestrian injuries for children under the age of 10. To promote safe pedestrian habits in your children, first set a good example. Your children learn from your actions, so if you walk out between parked cars, jaywalk or cross against a light, it is likely your kids will too. Second, show small children where they can play safely and the limits beyond which they cannot go. Be prepared to enforce your rules.

Prevent bug bites

Insist your child wears shoes outside to minimize the risk of a bee or insect stings on the feet. Never use insect repellent on infants. For older children, bug spray can be used sparingly, but wash it off as soon as your child comes indoors. Also, check your child for ticks after being outside. If you find one, talk to your doctor about how to remove it. If your child develops hives or wheezing after an insect sting, he or she may be allergic. Seek prompt medical attention.

Play safely

Always supervise your kids when they are playing on equipment. Teach them safe play habits, including sitting on the center of a swing and not twisting the swing chains, which can reduce their strength. Keep kids away from areas where lawn mowers are being used, and never allow children to ride with you on a lawn mower.



Open Burning Considerations

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  PERMIT REQUIRED 

Burn only during daylight hours.

Fire must be attended at ALL times.

A person 18 years of age or older is required to be present.

Fire must be of manageable size. Piles no larger than 5’X5’x5’ are required in most areas.

Fire may not pose a danger to the safety of any building, structure or nearby trees and vegetation. At least 25’ distance is required in most areas.

Must have a sufficient source of water, dirt or sand to extinguish the fire PRIOR to lighting it.

Burn only on calm days to prevent wind from spreading sparks or flames.

Smoke should not present a hazard to visibility on roadways.

Additionally for those living in Newport Township...

Please notify the fire department prior to burning so that we are aware why there is smoke in the area and prevents an emergency response.  847-336-1080

Never – Ever use gasoline as an accelerant to start a fire.

Only landscape waste that was generated from the property can be burned. Landscape waste cannot be brought onto the property for burning.

Construction waste (sawn lumber) is considered trash and prohibited to burn

Please be considerate to neighbors. Check wind direction before lighting.

In the Village of Wadsworth, open burning is prohibited within 1000’ of an occupied school.

For questions or information on conducting larger field burns, contact our fire prevention office at 847-336-1080 or email 



Smoke Detector Keeps Chirping??

Sunday, January 11, 2015   In addition to replacing the smoke detector batteries every six months or so, you should also consider replacing the entire smoke detector 5 to 7 years.
Smoke detectors beep or chirp not just when they needed a new battery but also when the smoke detector needed to be replaced.

Smoke Detectors..... Let’s go through a quick checklist of things you can do to try to figure out why your smoke detector is chirping regularly:

1. Is there Smoke? If there is smoke, get out of the house. If there is no smoke, go to step 2!

2. Check the Batteries: Obviously this is the first thing to check and replace. Don’t use rechargeable or “cheapy” batteries here. All the smoke detectors I’ve ever seen want alkaline batteries. I don’t usually splurge for “name brand” batteries, but I do for my smoke detectors. Use a new, fresh pack from the store. Really. It does make a difference.

3. Check the Expiration Date: As you just read, smoke detectors and other devices like them usually have expiration dates. Even if you’re off by a year or so, you’re probably better off replacing the whole unit ahead of schedule.

4. Clean It Out: Yes, smoke detectors usually mount on the ceiling or in high places, but that doesn’t mean they are immune from dust collection, cobwebs or even nesting bugs and spiders. When you have your smoke detector down you can try blowing it out with a can of compressed air.

5. Read the Manual: Don’t still have the manual? You can find most online now if you use Google and search for the brand of the smoke detector as well as the model. Still can’t find it? Go to step 6.

6. Call the Manufacturer: This is sort of a last resort and they will likely tell you to do some of the same things that are listed here. That being said, they might have some other tricks or they might know if a particular batch of smoke detectors had any issues or recalls.

If you need any assistance, please call the fire station at 847-336-1080.



Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Sunday, April 28, 2013   Stroke Signs and Symptoms

If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. The chance that you will survive and recover from a stroke is higher if you get emergency treatment right away.

What to Look For

Stroke can affect your senses, speech, behavior, thoughts, memory, and emotions. One side of your body may become paralyzed or weak.

The five most common signs and symptoms of stroke are

·             Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg.

·             Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others.

·             Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

·             Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination.

·             Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Signs of a stroke always come on suddenly. If your symptoms go away after a few minutes, you may have had a "mini-stroke," also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIAs do not cause permanent damage but can be a warning sign of a full stroke—you should still get help immediately.

If you or someone else experiences one or more signs or symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Every minute counts!



What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013   Not all heart attacks begin with the sudden, crushing chest pain that often is shown on TV or in the movies. In one study, for example, one-third of the patients who had heart attacks had no chest pain. These patients were more likely to be older, female, or diabetic. The warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack aren't the same for everyone. Many heart attacks start slowly as mild pain or discomfort. Some people don't have symptoms at all. Heart attacks that occur without any symptoms or very mild symptoms are called silent heart attacks.

Chest Pain or Discomfort The most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. This includes new chest pain or discomfort or a change in the pattern of existing chest pain or discomfort.

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that often lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. The feeling can be mild or severe.

Heart attack pain sometimes feels like indigestion or heartburn.

Chest pain or discomfort that doesn't go away or changes from its usual pattern (for example, occurs more often or while you're resting) can be a sign of a heart attack.

All chest pain should be checked by a doctor.

Other Common Signs and Symptoms Other common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include new onset of:

  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness, or breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), or lack of energy
Not everyone having a heart attack has typical symptoms. If you've already had a heart attack, your symptoms may not be the same for another one. However, some people may have a pattern of symptoms that recur.

The more signs and symptoms you have, the more likely it is that you're having a heart attack.

Act Fast The signs and symptoms of a heart attack can develop suddenly. However, they also can develop slowly—sometimes within hours, days, or weeks of a heart attack.

Know the warning signs of a heart attack so you can act fast to get treatment for yourself or someone else. The sooner you get emergency help, the less damage your heart will sustain.

Call 9–1–1 for help right away if you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack. You also should call for help if your chest pain doesn't go away as it usually does when you take medicine prescribed for angina.

Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.



Beware of Phone Solicitations

Monday, May 23, 2011   Newport Twp Fire District has NEVER solicited for donations over the phone. If you receive a call from someone asking to help your local Fire Department by making a donation or by purchasing something, it does not come to us.  
Any donations or memorials need to be directed to the Fire Station located in Wadsworth. For your convenience, you can also click our “Donate” button on the left column of this page.    



Most of Cambridge Subdivision in Newport Fire District

 The Newport Township Fire District would like to increase your awareness by providing you with important and useful information with regards to the Cambridge Subdivision. 

Although the Cambridge Subdivision is located in the Village of Beach Park, residences situated west of Cambridge Boulevard are located in the Newport Township Fire District jurisdiction. 

In an Emergency, always dial 911.  When dialing 911 from your home phone, you will automatically be connected to the appropriate agency.  To contact the Fire/Rescue station for non-emergencies or questions, please dial the following numbers:

              Fire/Rescue Station:      847-336-1080

              24/hr. Dispatch Center: 847-599-7000

 For the Lake County Sheriffs Police non-emergency and/or questions, please dial 847-549-5200.

If your home has a monitored fire alarm system such as Brinks or ADT, please verify that your alarm company has the correct phone numbers. The emergency number your alarm company should call is 847-623-2161.

Please note that residents whose homes are protected with a monitored alarm system are required to install a Knox Box. This box provides rapid entry into a residence if there is a report of a fire or a medical emergency.

As always, please contact the station for more information using the "contact us" link on the left side of our home page.  



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