Beautiful fall temperatures usually prompt many residents to open the windows in their home. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wants to alert residents to an issue that tragically comes up each fall (and spring): children falling out of open windows. Sadly, in past years, this has resulted in serious injury and death.
Photo Via the National Safety Council web site
Open windows are a safety risk to children. Screens DO NOT prevent children from falling out. Windows must operate easily for emergency exits in case of fire, but should be made “childproof” by following these safety tips:
Keep children away from open windows
Never leave children alone in rooms with open windows
Open windows from the TOP when possible, or only open four inches from bottom
Keep beds, chairs, and other “climbing aids” away from windows
Consider installing window guards
Educate older children about the dangers of open windows
October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. SCA is a leading cause of preventable death. For every minute that passes before help arrives, SCA survival decreases by 7%-10%.
In January of this year, FCFRD launched the PulsePoint mobile app in Fairfax County. The PulsePoint app alerts resident bystanders nearby, trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), who can help victims before Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department firefighters and paramedics arrive. It also directs these potential resident rescuers to the exact location of the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
The PulsePoint mobile app can be found in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, the Fairfax County Volunteer Fire Commission honored recipients of the 2020 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards. The ceremony was held at Public Safety Headquarters with honorees on hand.
These members are from various volunteer fire and rescue departments in Fairfax County and were commended for their contributions to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) and the communities they serve. Each of these individuals demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the FCFRD through hundreds of hours providing fire and emergency medical services or through other roles that support the goals of the FCFRD. Fire Chief John Butler was on hand to congratulate each award winner.
Congratulations to all of the following recipients of the 2020 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards:
Volunteer Firefighter: Dylan M Bates – Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department
Volunteer Operational Officer: Sean M. Jolliff – Vienna Volunteer Fire Department
Volunteer EMS Provider: Alieen A. Bay – Vienna Volunteer Fire Department
Volunteer ALS Provider: Frank S. Smith – Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department
Volunteer BLS Provider: Scott Sterling – Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company
Administrative Member: Christian A. Kassis – Centreville Volunteer Fire Department
Canteen or Auxiliary Member: John F. (JJ) Jackson – Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department
CERT Member: James McPheeters – Community Emergency Response Team
Special Recognition Award: James Hedrick – Fire and Rescue Academy
Volunteer Rookie: Noah R. Bilger – Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
Volunteer Unit Citation: Mo Ahmed, Dylan Bates, David Presson, Kelsey Robins, Paul Wasserman – Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department
Photos courtesy of Daniel Liebman, Franconia Volunteer Fire Department
This October marks the 36th annual Breast Cancer Awareness month. To heighten awareness in the fight against breast cancer, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) firefighters and paramedics have been authorized to wear department approved pink t-shirts while on duty from October 4 through October 31, 2021.
The shirts are worn as a symbol of support and recognition for all those who have been touched by breast cancer.
Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times—for naps and at night. Some parents may be concerned that a baby who sleeps on his or her back will choke if he or she spits up during sleep. However, babies’ anatomy and gag reflex will prevent them from choking while sleeping on their backs. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their sides or stomachs.
Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib or bassinet, covered only by a fitted sheet. Some parents might feel like they should place their baby on a soft surface, such as memory foam, to help him or her to be more comfortable while sleeping. However, soft surfaces can increase the risk of sleep-related death. A firm sleep surface helps reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation.
Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Some parents may feel like they should share their bed with their baby to help them feel more connected. However, accidental suffocation, strangulation, and wedging (for example, being stuck between two objects such as a mattress and a wall) can happen when a baby is sleeping in an adult bed or other unsafe sleep surfaces. Room sharing is much safer than bed sharing and may decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
Keep soft objects, such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. Some parents may feel they should add soft objects to their baby’s crib to help keep their baby warm and comfortable while sleeping. However, soft objects and loose bedding, like stuffed toys, sheets, comforters, and blankets, can increase the risk of suffocation and other sleep-related deaths. If you’re worried about your baby getting cold during sleep, you can dress her or him in sleep clothing (like a wearable blanket) to keep your baby warm.
Do not allow smoking around your baby. Smoke in the baby’s surroundings is a major risk factor for SIDS. Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is one of the best ways parents and caregivers can protect their health and their baby’s health. For help in quitting, call the quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit smokefree.gov.
Time flies when you’re having fun…. Learning the Sounds of Fire Safety! Thanks to everyone who joined us for Fire Prevention Week 2021. Having working smoke alarms and CO detectors is critical to implementing a successful Family Escape Plan.
Traditionally, at the end of fire prevention week, an open house is held at each fire and rescue station in Fairfax County. This year, it is safer for the community, and members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD), if we do not offer a traditional open house at our fire and rescue stations.
Since you and/or your family members cannot come to the fire station this year, we will bring the fire station, and many of the activities, to you! In the videos below, you will find tours of fire trucks and an ambulance, a firefighter dressing in gear, and a tour of a fire station.
The fun doesn’t have to end here! To schedule fire safety presentations or workshops for all ages, please contact us at fire.ESW@fairfaxcounty.gov.
TGIF! Today is Day 6 of our virtual Fire Prevention Week… Gather ‘round, grab a blanket, fetch a snack- because it’s fire safety story time! Firefighter Mark Williams will be sharing a tale with us about smoke alarms and family escape plans.
We hope that everyone has enjoyed their experience this week! Stay tuned for tomorrow- Saturday, October 9, we will be hosting a virtual Open House, to include station highlights, unit tours, and other inside looks at our department.
As we continue to focus on the learning the sounds of fire safety, we encourage educators and caregivers to check out “Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol” for today’s activity. This program offers free classroom and home-base resources that help you create a dynamic experience for young learners.
Today marks day 5, for our annual Fire Prevention Week activities! Today we are learning all about Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas. It’s recommended that CO alarms are installed on each level, as well as outside each sleeping area.
Today, please tune in to listen to a firefighter’s perspective on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide. in the video below.
The activity for today is to have parents/caregivers/teachers review with their child(ren) potential sources in the home that produce carbon monoxide, as well as safety tips.