SIOC Smoke Alarm Alerts Family (Firefighters Install SIOC Smoke Alarm 90 Days Ago)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-119
Date:  October 30, 2013

A Safety In Our Community (SIOC) installed smoke alarm alerted a Springfield family, Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at approximately 8:55 p.m., when a chair in a bedroom accidently caught fire. The single-family home is located at 6828 Ben Franklin Road.

Firefighters encountered a smoldering fire in a chair in a second floor bedroom upon arrival. The fire was immediately extinguished. There were no injuries and damage was approximately $200 and confined to the chair.

Firefighters from Fire and Rescue Station 22, Springfield, installed a SIOC smoke alarm approximately 90 days earlier following a minor incident. The newly installed smoke alarm is credited with providing early warning and allowing the occupants to escape the home unharmed.

Combustible debris from an incompatible mobile phone battery charger adapter exploded when it was used on an electric hookah, and then landed on the chair causing the fire.

The SIOC program was initiated June 8, 2013, with the purpose of "preventing the 911 call." Firefighters canvass homes in neighborhoods every Saturday afternoon, checking for working smoke alarms. Firefighters install batteries and/or smoke alarms free of charge. Firefighters also offer home safety inspections and seasonal fire and safety information as part of the SIOC program.

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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