Firefighters Check Smoke Alarms, Provide Home Escape Plans

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-82
Date:  October 25, 2012


On Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvas homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and providing family fire escape plans for residents.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will partner with the U.S. Fire Administration in supporting the Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign. The initiative emphasizes smoke alarms, escape plans, and home safety walk-throughs to eliminate fire hazards from homes.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family to escape a deadly fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24/7. It never sleeps.

More than 3,000 people die in home fires each year in the United States; most of whom are in homes without a working smoke alarm. A working, properly installed smoke alarm lowers your chances of dying in a fire. According to USFA between 2000 and 2009, there was an average of 1,586,000 fires resulting in an estimated $11,885,000 in direct dollar loss each year.

November 3, 2012, daylight savings weekend (set clocks back), is a perfect time for everyone to pay special attention to fire safety.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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