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.

 

Fairfax County Fire And Rescue Participating In TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign

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The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2019 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 TODAY Wednesday, November 20.

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 15,000 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 Friday, December 13. Toys will not be accepted after this date.

Driving In Fog

A little foggy out there this morning! Drive safely out there as our firefighters and paramedics do not want to meet you by “accident” this morning.

When driving this morning, please keep the following driving in fog safety tips, from the National Weather Service, in mind:

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
  • Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
  • To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
  • In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
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Photo via the National Weather Service Website

 

FCFRD Military Vets Assist With Raffle Benefiting Scholarship Fund

By: Battalion Chief Bill Betz
Battalion 401, B-Shift

Recently, personnel from Station 25, Reston, B-Shift were provided an opportunity to assist the 911 Promise Organization by pulling a winning name for a raffle benefiting its scholarship program. Two FCFRD personnel were selected to assist. They were, Master Technician Andrea Burich, an experienced Army National Guard combat veteran, and Firefighter Chris Puzzanghero who served in the Marine Corp.

The 911 Promise organization is a 501c3 non-profit that raises money for its scholarship program that is designated for children of first responders and military members who have died, or are permanently disabled, while serving our country and communities.

Station 25 was selected to host the drawing to thank the station for being the first water stop on the 911 Promise Bike event this year and to highlight the service of the military veterans working at the station.

The raffle item was provided by the New York Yankees organization and included four General Manager suite tickets for a game next season.

For more on the organization, please see 911PromiseRun.com. The video of the drawing is available on their Facebook page.

Groveton House Fire Caused By Electrical Event

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On Thursday, November 14, at approximately 2:00 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 2800 block of Memorial Street in the Groveton area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home to find a fire in the basement. Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. The occupants smelled smoke and, upon further investigation, observed flames coming from the electrical panel. Both exited the home and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present but sounded after the occupants became aware of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The cause of the fire was an electrical event in the main electrical service panel.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. Damages because of the fire were approximately $25,000.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department encourages all residents to “S.T.E.P. (Safety Takes Every Person) Into Safety” and practice electrical fire safety.

Take a moment to download the Electrical_Safety_Checklist and conduct a quick check in your home.

Fire Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Valley Road Fire

Fire investigators are asking for the public’s help in gathering information regarding a house fire in the 11600 block of Valley Road in the Fairfax section of Fairfax County.

On November 8, at approximately 5:32 p.m., units responded to Valley Road for a fire in a two-story, single family home that was under construction. There were no occupants in the house. A passerby discovered the fire and called 911. The home is considered a total loss with damages estimated at $200,000.

Fire investigators would like to speak with anyone who has information concerning this incident. Additionally, anyone who lives in the area and may have home security video footage from between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on November 8 is asked to contact Captain Palmer at (703) 246-4707 or timothy.palmer@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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Electrical Event Causes Clifton House Fire

On Monday, November 11, at approximately 4:58 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 11700 block of Wolf Run Lane in the Clifton area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with smoke showing from a window on the second floor. While enroute a Tanker Task Force was requested as there were not any fire hydrants close. This brought additional resources from Prince William County Fire and Rescue. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire on the second floor of the home. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant saw smoke inside the foyer and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present but did not activate due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in a second-floor bedroom. The cause of the fire was an electrical event in a power strip.

Two occupants were displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $30,000.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department encourages all residents to “S.T.E.P. (Safety Takes Every Person) Into Safety” and practice electrical fire safety.

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