Units responded to a house fire, Friday, April 3, 2015, at approximately 4:40 p.m., in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 9415 ox Road.
Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in less than 10 minutes. Two occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $25,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical switch on an air compressor located in the attached garage caused the fire.
Electrical Safety Tips
- Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
- If your power goes out often or the lights in your home flicker, produce an odor, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.
- The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
- All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “face plates.”
- When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
- Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Don’t tie or knot electrical cords.
- Don’t let furniture sit on electrical cords.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.