Decorating your home for the holidays this weekend? Please watch the brief video below, from our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association, and follow the simple safety tips to help keep yourself, your family and friends safe from fire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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On Tuesday, November 6, at approximately 9:32 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 8400 block of Thames Street in the Kings Park area of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with smoke showing. A significant amount of fire could also be seen towards the rear of the home. A second alarm was requested. Crews quickly proceeded to bring the fire under control. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
There was one occupant home at the time of the fire. The homeowner discovered the fire while investigating the early activation of the dryer’s automatic timer. She was able to evacuate to a neighbor’s home and call 9-1-1. Smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the hallway laundry area. The cause of the fire is an electrical event within the dryer.
Two people were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $216,250.