Spring Into Safety: Smoke Alarms

Today is a good day to “Spring Into Safety” by checking to ensure your home has working smoke alarms. Properly installed, working smoke alarms can dramatically increase your chances of surviving a fire.

It is also important to check the date on your smoke alarm. If your smoke alarms are ten years of age or older they need to be replaced.

Need help checking or replacing your smoke alarms? Your FCFRD firefighters offer a FREE smoke alarm check, home safety evaluation, and installation of a new smoke alarm.

To schedule a smoke alarm installation, including a visual smoke alarm for deaf and hard of hearing persons, or a home safety evaluation, please contact Community Risk Reduction either via email at fire.ESW@fairfaxcounty.gov or phone at (703) 246-3801 (TTY 711).

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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.

 

Home Smoke Alarm Basics

It is not uncommon for our firefighters to get asked a variety of questions about smoke alarms. Often, people want to know what type of smoke alarm you need and where in the home they should be placed. Our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association produced an informative, and short, video that answers these, and many other, questions.

Please take two minutes to increase your fire safety knowledge. Who knows, it could save your, or a loved ones, life one day.

 

A Safer Home

Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, B-Shift was out in the community on Saturday, as part of our Safety In Our Community program, conducting a home safety evaluation for interested families. After surveying the interior of one home, crews noticed they did not have any working smoke alarms. They also had gas appliances in the home but no carbon monoxide (CO) detector.

The crew ended up installing two smoke alarms and one CO detector. The family was so grateful for this service that they insisted the crew join them for a meal.

A great opportunity to get to know those we serve while also ensuring one home is a lot safer then when we found it.

A Safer Home

 

 

Home Smoke Alarm Basics

It is not uncommon for our firefighters to get asked a variety of questions about smoke alarms. Often, people want to know what type of smoke alarm you need and where in the home they should be placed. Our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association produced an informative, and short, video that answers these, and many other, questions.

Please take two minutes to increase your fire safety knowledge. Who knows, it could save your, or a loved ones, life one day.

Know Two Ways Out

Did you know that fire can double in size approximately every 60 seconds? When fire strikes, deadly smoke can fill your home within minutes. That’s why Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants you to plan and practice home fire drills. Watch this 30 second video, from our partners in safety at the United States Fire Administration, for life-saving tips on how to make a home fire escape plan.

Get more information, as well as a planning grid, here: Home Escape Planning