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Firefighters Distribute Christmas Tree Safety Tags

Firefighters Distribute Christmas Tree Safety Tags

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department crews will be distributing Christmas tree safety tags to holiday tree lot vendors during the week prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The green and white 5 x 8 inch tags provide valuable fire safety tips for residents when purchasing a tree.

Vendors will provide the “Fire Safety and Your Tree” tags with every tree purchase while they last.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is the Busiest Day for Fires; Here Are Your Safe Cooking Tips

Thanksgiving is the Busiest Day for Fires; Here Are Your Safe Cooking Tips

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day for the fire service. More property damage and lives are lost in residential structure fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. The increase applies mostly to cooking fires in family homes. An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire department each year and cause an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $121 million in property loss. Over the last several years, turkey fryer fires have contributed significantly to the increase in cooking fires. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and destruction of property. The following safe cooking tips can help to make your holiday safer:

Be Safe When Using Alternate Heating Sources

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fall and winter are upon us. The cooler temperatures cause many of us to seek out alternative sources to heat our home and keep warm. Alternate heating sources are a major contributing factor in residential fires. The following safety tips will help you keep a safe home.

Get Up to $5,000 in Grants to Beautify Your Neighborhood

From Fairfax County:

 

The Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program is a competitive application process to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods by supporting projects and initiatives that assist in achieving the county’s vision elements. 

The partnership program's goals are to:

Flooding Safety Tips and Previous Flooding Locations

Flooding Safety Tips and Previous Flooding Locations

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

 

Flash flooding of roads, streams, and other low-lying areas during heavy and prolonged rainfall can be dangerous. This is especially true for motorists attempting to negotiate a roadway that cannot be easily seen because of high water and limited visibility. Flooding due to high rainfall and swollen streams can take its toll on the unsuspecting driver. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department offers the following safety tips when flooding is forecasted and locations of past flooding areas. 

Never drive through a flooded roadway; the depth, current, and condition of the road are all unknowns and can be deadly.

If you come to a flooded area while driving, stop and take an alternate route.

If your vehicle stalls on a flooded road and water is rising, get out of car, call 911, and move to higher ground.

Going Green Can Be Stress Free

For some people going green can be stressful.  Many of us see environmental consciousness as another project to add to a  never-ending and always growing to do list. Other thoughts I’ve heard are: What’s it going to cost?  I don’t have the time for this; everyone else is doing it so I don’t have to bother…one person won’t make a difference. 

     Well, let’s clear up these negative misconceptions.  Yes, you do make a difference.  A positive difference!  And yes, it will make a difference in your life, in your health, and for future generations. Think of your kids and grandkids! Remember, when you light a candle and then light many other candles from that original flame, you will not diminish the light of the original candle…you can light up the world from the original flame.  How’s that for the power of one?