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Fire Prevention & Life Safety Resources
The effects of a fire can be devastating! The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System understands the best way to fight fires and reduce injuries is by preventing them in the first place. By educating yourself on potential fire hazards in your home, you can take the first step to protecting your family from a destructive fire. You can also protect yourself by installing working smoke alarms and other fire safety devices.
Fire and Life Safety Videos
Go to our YouTube Fire and Life Safety playlist to view short and fun Fire and Life Safety videos on the following topics and more:
- Home Escape Planning
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Safety
- Electrical Fire Safety
- Heating Safety
Fire and Life Safety Tip Sheets
Looking for a simple tip sheet on how to keep you and your family safe? Go to NFPA.org/SafetyTips to find simple tip sheets on the following topics and more:
- Smoke Alarm Safety
- Lithium Ion Battery Safety
- Home Escape Planning
- Cooking Safety
Community Fire and Life Safety Toolkit
In this toolkit you will find flyers, infographics and social media images and graphics for you to share with your community to help keep them safe. Access the whole toolkit at this link.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on average 20 home candle fires are reported each day. Help us keep everyone safe by sharing these candle safety materials with your HOA members.
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Close Before You Doze
Fire moves fast. You may only have three minutes or less to escape once a fire starts in your home. Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped and unable to escape the fire. Share these materials with your HOA members and let them know the importance of closing doors in their home.
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According to NFPA, cooking was the leading cause of reported home fire and home fire injuries in 2015-2019. Help keep your community safe in the kitchen by sharing our cooking safety materials with them.
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Home Escape Planning
Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. Make sure everyone in your community is ready for a fire and know two ways out by sharing these home escape planning materials with them.
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Lithium Battery Safety
Lithium-ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, e-scooters and e-bikes, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, toys, and even cars. If not used correctly, or if damaged, these batteries can catch on fire or explode. Help us keep everyone safe and prevent Lithium Battery fires by sharing these Lithium battery safety materials.
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Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Here in Loudoun County, residents can get free smoke alarm assessments at any time by completing the online form at loudoun.gov/smokealarms or by calling the smoke alarm program hotline at 703-737-8093.
During the assessment, firefighters will test existing smoke alarms, assist with battery replacement, and replace or install the smoke alarms at no cost if they are missing, not working properly or exceed the ten-year recommended lifespan.
Snowstorms bring many dangers with them. Here are some important snow safety tips you can share to help keep everyone safe this winter. This snow safety Zip file includes:
- Reminder for Facebook and Twitter to keep hydrants clear of snow and ice
- Tips on how to shovel snow safely
- A winter storm checklist
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Thin Ice Warning
Ice on ponds, streams, lakes and other bodies of water does not get thick enough to support the weight of a human. Share this graphic and help us remind everyone to stay off the ice.
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Heating is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Help keep everyone in your home owners' association safe by downloading and sharing these heating safety tips. This includes safety tips for portable heaters and fireplaces.
Mulch and Landscaping Fire Safety
Mulch fires are a common cause for fire in Loudoun County, and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s investigations repeatedly show they are caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. We have some tools to help you keep your community safe.
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Barn and Coop Fire Safety
We want to keep you and your farm family safe by preventing a devastating barn or coop fire. We have some tools for you to share to help you keep your community safe.
Pool and Water Safety
During hot summer months it is important to be safe around water. We have some materials for you to share with your community to help everyone stay water safe.
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During beautiful summer months it is important to remember to practice grilling safety. We have some safety materials to help you keep your community safe during grilling season.
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Summer Heat Safety
During hot summer months it is important to remember to stay hydrated and to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion. We have some materials for you to share with your community to keep them safe during these hot summer days.
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Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Help keep everyone safe this 4th of July by sharing these firework safety materials.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Make sure the kids in your community have a safe and enjoyable Halloween by sharing these Halloween safety materials.