“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is the 2010 Fire Prevention Week campaign, supported by the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue system during the week of October 3-9, 2010. Once again, the fire-rescue system is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.
“Many homes in Loudoun County may not have any smoke alarms, not quite enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old or alarms that are not working,” says Interim Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home and on every level, including the basement.”
Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that properly working smoke alarms increases the chance of survivability from home fires. But they must be working properly to do so. The association’s data shows that many homes have smoke alarms that aren’t working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, many Loudoun County fire stations will host open houses that will provide many activities geared toward fire prevention and community awareness. Most events are free to the public, however, food may have a minimal cost. The open houses are as follows:
10/2 Leesurg Fire Open House 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 61 Plaza Street, NE, Leesburg
10/3 Purcellville Fire & Purcellville Rescue Open House Noon – 4:00 p.m. 500 N. Maple Ave, Purcellville
10/3 Ashburn Fire & Rescue Open house Station 6 Noon – 4pm 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn
10/9 Sterling Volunteer Fire and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Open House – Station 11/15, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 104 Commerce Street, Sterling RainDate 10/10.
10/9 and 10 Purcellville Rescue town tag sale participation/fund raising. Old station 14. 211 20th Street South, Purcellville
10/10 Arcola Volunteer Fire-Rescue Open House Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 24300 Gum Springs Road, Arcola
10/16 Aldie Fire 55th Anniversary Celebration and Firequacker Duck Race 8:00 a.m. 39459 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie
10/23 Hamilton Safety Center Auxiliary’s 1st Annual Car Show. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 39071 E Colonial Hwy, Hamilton
For more information about the fire or rescue station in your community or fire prevention tips, contact your neighborhood station or visit the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue homepage at www.loudoun.gov/fire.