Halloween Candy and Food Allergies

TPP-Blog-BadgeWhen purchasing candy for Halloween, consider offering alternatives to candy. With the growing number of kids with food allergies (peanuts, gluten, dairy, and more), candy might not be an option for them. Food Allergy Research & Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project is encouraging families to offer alternatives to candy for kids who have these allergies. You can download and print a flyer to post on your door to encourage kids to visit your house!

Note that this doesn’t mean that you can’t also hand out candy. Who knows, maybe other kids will also want alternatives to candy. I know I personally loved the houses that handed out pennies or nickels instead when I was a kid! Stickers were also a hit. A dentist in our neighborhood hands out tattoos, and my own kids can’t wait to put them on every year.

For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project, what you can do to help, and to download a flyer, visit the FARE website.

Fire Prevention Open House, Saturday, October 11, 2014

fire_prevention_weekNews 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.


  • 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.

Register for the 8th Annual K-9 Krawl 5k

Register for the 8th Annual K-9 Krawl 5k

The Fairfax County Police Department is raising awareness about domestic violence. On Saturday, October 18, 2014, they will be hosting the 8th Annual K-9 Krawl 5k at the Fairfax County Government Center. Walkers are encouraged to bring their K-9 companions to show support for domestic violence victims.

From the Fairfax County Police Department Blog:

The event was created to highlight the link between domestic violence and the link to animal cruelty. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, “The relationship that battered women and their children feel towards their pets complicates their willingness to leave a violent situation; if they do this would potentially put the lives of their pets at risk. Various studies show that approximately 20-48% of women have refused to leave their abusive situation because of their pet. Experts estimate that between 48-71% of domestic violence victims also have pets that have been abused or killed by their abusive partner.  70% of women in violent homes report that they have animals that are at risk of being abused as well.  Abusive partners use the relationship that their victims have with their pets as a way to control and manipulate—victim’s often believe that the threat to harm their pet is likely to occur if they leave or don’t do what they are being told to by the abuser.”

Register for the walk at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCPD2014K9KRAWL.

Local crime report for September 17, 2014

Apologies for the delay in the crime reports; I haven’t seen new reports until today due to their changeover to blog format. You can now subscribe directly to the Fairfax County Police Department RSS feed through their blog at http://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/

In Oak Hill:

  • Larceny: 13300 block of Franklin Farm Road, merchandise from business.

In Chantilly:

  • Larceny: 12700 block of Chapel Street, property from vehicle.
  • Larceny: 12600 block of Water Street, property from vehicle.

In Reston:

  • Burglary: 2100 block of Monaghan Drive, 09/16/14. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.
  • Larceny: 11600 block of Plaza America Drive, electronic device from business.
  • Larceny: 12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, bicycle from business.

Fire damages Reston townhouse

From our fire department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Monday, August 18, 2014, at approximately 4:15 p.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 2052 Golf Course Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story, end-unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack from both the exterior and interior, bringing the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. There was also moderate fire extension to the adjacent townhouse. All of the occupants escaped unharmed prior to firefighters arriving. A total of five occupants from both townhouses have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by all of the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $180,000.

The fire originated on the exterior rear deck and is under investigation.

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