Electrical Power Strip Causes West Springfield House Fire
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 13-14
Date: February 1, 2013
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Thursday, January 31, 2013, at approximately 9:50 a.m., in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 8134 Carr Place.
Firefighters encountered smoke and heavy fire coming from the attached garage and fire through the roof of the ranch style home upon arrival. Heavy, gusty winds pushed the fire into the attic and subsequently through the door from the garage into the kitchen area. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. Sounding smoke alarms provided early warning allowing the occupants to escape unharmed. Two adults, one youth, and dog have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. One firefighter was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Damage is estimated at $275,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical power strip in the 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 a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad, 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.
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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