Fry The Turkey And NOT Your House

Using a Turkey Fryer this year to cook your Thanksgiving Dinner? Please make sure you fry the turkey and NOT your home!

If you must fry your turkey, please gobble up these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Use turkey fryers outside only and away from your home.
  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch.
  • Completely thaw and dry turkey before cooking
  • Do not overfill the oil in the turkey fryer.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply OFF.
  • Never leave the turkey fryer unattended.

 

Can Your Fire Place Ashes!

Thinking of building a fire in your fire place this weekend? Please make sure you do so safely! Every fall/winter, we experience several home fires that were caused by improperly discarded fire place ashes. A totally preventable and unnecessary fire!

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents to be cautious and keep safety in mind when handling fire place ashes. Following a few simple safety tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

    • Do not discard your ashes into any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash can.
    • Do not place ash containers on decks, porches, or in garages.
    • Put ashes into a non-combustible metal container with a lid.
    • Pour water into the container to make sure the ashes are cool.
    • Keep your can OUTSIDE the home, away from your fireplace or stove and anything combustible.
    • Teach all family members to be safe with ashes from your fireplace or wood stove.
    • Ashes can stay hot for several days. Follow the above steps even when you wait several days to remove the ashes from the fireplace.

Can Your Ashes

Radiant Heat Ignites Lincolnia Townhouse Fire

 

On Thursday, November 15 at approximately 8:22 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6500 block of Zoysia Court in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with fire showing from the rear of the home. The fire involved all three floors and was extending into the attic area. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms activated after the occupant discovered the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started within the fireplace chase at the terrace level. The fire was caused when radiant heat from the fire box ignited the structural components within the fireplace chase.

A total of two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.

Give Thanks And Save Lives – Give Blood

Blood

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, in partnership with INOVA Blood Donor Services, will be hosting a blood drive at the Fire and Rescue Academy on Tuesday, November 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be in the High-bay of the Academy which is located at 4600 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA.

Make your lifesaving appointment today!
Visit http://bit.ly/FCFRA1120 to schedule your appointment or call us at 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) and use Sponsor Code 8184 or contact
Aron Corwin at aron.corwin@fairfaxcounty.gov

Photo ID Required.
Allow one hour for donation.

A Chill Is In The Air! Please Heat Home Safely!

The days and nights are starting to get a little colder! All of us will be seeking ways to keep our homes warm. Please make sure you do so safely. Take a moment to watch a brief video below from our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association.

Additionally, feel free to click on the below links for more specific safety information:

Electric Blanket Safety

Turning Up The Heat? Use Space Heaters Safely!

Fireplace & Fireplace Ashes Safety

 

Fairfax County Fire And Rescue Participating In TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign

Toys For Tots logo

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2018 TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to “bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children.” Stations will accept donations beginning on Monday, November 19.

Please help us to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Last year, thanks to the generosity of those who live and work in Fairfax County, the Fire and Rescue Department collected over 14,000 toys!

Children who are served by this campaign include toddlers and youths through age 17. The campaign will only accept new unwrapped toys and you can drop them off at any of our Fire and Rescue Stations. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons (i.e., toy guns or knives of any kind) will not be accepted. Checks or money orders for donations must be made payable to TOYS FOR TOTS.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will accept donations through Wednesday, December 12. Toys will not be accepted after this date.

Electrical Event Causes Burke House Fire

On Sunday, November 11 at approximately 7:29 a.m., units were dispatched to a reported house fire in the 5200 block of Dunleigh Drive in the Burke section of Fairfax County.Dunleigh Drive

Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from a two-story, single family home. Crews quickly found fire in the walls and ceiling of a second-floor bedroom. The fire was rapidly brought under control. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

The house was vacant when the fire occurred. A neighbor observed fire through a window and smoke coming from the roof line and called 9-1-1. The smoke alarms did not activate due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the attic space above a bedroom. The cause of the fire is electrical in nature

No one was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $55,000.