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Be Prepared: Recommendations for Your Emergency Supply Kit

Be Prepared: Recommendations for Your Emergency Supply Kit

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

Fairfax County urges you to assemble an emergency kit and include these basic items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Beyond your basic emergency kit, here are some other items to consider:

Get Tips from the Community Forester

Get Tips from the Community Forester

From the Town of Herndon:

Holiday Home Tours of Herndon

From the Town of Herndon:

This Saturday, December 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm.m you will have the opportunity to tour Herndon homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets at Visitor’s Center, 717 Lynn Street, and Herndon Florist, 716 Lynn Street. $15 in advance, $20 day of event. 703/HERNDON (437-6366). Find details about the event and other Herndon holiday happenings on the Town of Herndon holiday poster!

Thanksgiving--Busiest Day for Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day for the fire service. From 2006 to 2008, an estimated 4,300 Thanksgiving Day fires occurred in the United States causing 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $30 million in property loss, according to the U.S Fire Administration. 

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year and cause an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss. Thanksgiving Day fires in residential structures occur most frequently in the afternoon hours from noon to 4 p.m., peaking from noon to 1 p.m.

Keeping Warm: Alternate Heating Source Safety Tips

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

The 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.

Use Caution When Burning Candles

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Candles can provide ambiance and add warmth and coziness to a home. Candles are also often used when severe weather causes a power outage, leaving homeowners in the dark. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 17,400 candle-related fires occurred in homes annually. Approximately 180 deaths and 1,575 injuries are attributed to candle-related fires. On average, one home candle fire is reported every 34 minutes.

     The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recommends residents use products such as battery-operated or electric candles and flashlights. If residents elect to use open-flame candles, follow these recommended safety tips:

Firefighters Check Smoke Alarms, Provide Home Escape Plans

From the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvas homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and providing family fire escape plans for residents.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will partner with the U.S. Fire Administration in supporting the Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign. The initiative emphasizes smoke alarms, escape plans, and home safety walk-through to eliminate fire hazards from homes.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family to escape a deadly fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24/7. It never sleeps.