Stations Host Fire Prevention Open House Countywide

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-70
Date: October 4, 2011

Who:     Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

What:    Fire Prevention Open House

When:   Saturday, October 15, 2011, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:  All Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations 

In an effort to prevent home fires before they start, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host Fire Prevention Week Open House, Saturday, October 15, 2011, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at all stations throughout the county. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is, “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect Your Family From Fire!”

Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home. Residents are encouraged to visit a nearby fire and rescue station to participate in the activities and learn more about fire safety.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 people die in home fires each year. About two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working alarms. In 23 percent of home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound. Bedrooms (55%) are the leading location where fire fatalities occur in residential buildings. Seventy percent of fire victims in residential buildings were escaping or sleeping at the time of their deaths. Smoking was the leading cause of fatal fatalities in residential buildings.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.

For 90 years, Fire Prevention Week has been sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association and is proclaimed by the President of the United States each year. This is the longest running safety commemoration and is the premier fire safety program of the fire service, drawing the participation of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and other fire departments in the U.S. and Canada.

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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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services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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