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

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.

Learn More About FCFRD Portion Of 2018 Public Safety Bond Referendum

Fairfax County voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on a $182 million public safety bond question in the November 6 general election.

For the Fire and Rescue Department, plans include $73 million to renovate or replace five aging fire stations: Mount Vernon (Fire Station 9), Fairview (Fire Station 32), Gunston (Fire Station 20), Seven Corners (Fire Station 28), and one station operated by volunteers.

These fire stations are between 37 and 49 years old and require building systems and infrastructure upgrades to replace equipment that is beyond the end of its life cycle. In addition, apparatus bays are undersized, living facilities for firefighters are inadequate, and space is needed to conduct field operations, management, and support functions. See video below to learn more.

 

I Checked My Smoke Alarm – Now What?

When you changed your clock last night, you also checked your smoke alarms. Good job!

Having a working smoke alarm is just one important part of an overall plan to survive if your home catches fire. Another important part – a home fire escape plan.

Does your family have a home escape plan in case of fire? If not, you should.Home fire escape plan

Don’t know how to create a plan? We can help! Please take the time to go to our website to learn how to create a plan as well as use the worksheet provided to draw out your plan.

Go here: Family Home Fire Escape Plan

Once the plan is complete, take the time to test your plan by having a home fire drill. Also, please make sure you practice your plan at least twice a year.

 

When Checking Your Smoke Alarms Tonight Also Check The Date!

Beside moving your clock back one hour tonight, many of you are aware that you need to check your smoke alarms. While checking you smoke alarms to ensure they are working, please also consider checking the date to determine how old your smoke alarms are.

Did you know that smoke alarms have a retirement date? They do and if your smoke alarms are ten years of age or older they need to be replaced.

Below is some great information from our partners in safety at the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association. Please take a moment to check the manufacture date on your smoke alarms TODAY!

Don’t Wait – Check The Date!

Accessible information can be found here: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/smoke_alarms.html