News Release from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:
Who: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
What: Fire Prevention Open House
Where: All Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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 11, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at all stations throughout the county. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!”
Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire and life safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home, and hands-only CPR demonstrations. Residents are encouraged to visit a nearby fire and rescue station to participate in the activities and learn more about fire safety.
FAST FACTS ABOUT FIRE
- In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These involved 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.
- On average, seven die in U.S. home fires every day.
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, followed by heating type fires. Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
- Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
- Unattended cooking is a factor in 34 percent of reported home cooking fires.
- Ranges accounted for 58 percent of home cooking fires. Ovens accounted for 19 percent.
- The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean, primarily creosote from chimneys.
- Portable heaters, including wood stoves, were involved with one-third of home fires.
- Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires with no working smoke alarms.
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 93 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.
To learn more about fire prevention, go to www.firepreventionweek.org.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I William Moreland, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.