Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Damage from separate blazes in CountrySide and Sterling displace two families.
Two fires early this week in Eastern Loudoun resulted in the displacement of two families and about $150,000 in damages, and prompted Loudoun fire personnel to issue home heating safety tips. Units from several Loudoun County fire stations responded to 290 Chelmsford Court in Sterling after receiving 911 calls around 8:30 a.m. and spotted fire coming from the two-story end unit. The fire was under control within 20 minutes, according to a report from the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management. Fire companies from Cascades, Sterling Park, Lansdowne and Fairfax County responded. The occupants of the Chelmsford home were displaced and reported to be staying with friends. No injuries were reported. Damages were …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
At the beginning of a new school year, we all can benefit from a quick tech safety brush-up
Back to school time is about new beginnings. It is a chance to get started on the right foot or readjust habits that we have all slipped into. Don't Text & Drive! Texting while driving is dangerous and unfortunately incredibly common. In a recent survey, 97% of teens say that texting and driving is dangerous but 43% admit to doing it. And it isn't just teens, kids learn from their parents and their parents are texting. 77% of teens have seen their parents text and drive. AT&T is making a push to heighten awareness of the dangers of texting and driving called "It Can Wait". They will be promoting September 19th as "No Text on Board Day" with a pledge to not text and drive. Take the time to talk to your whole family, those who drive and …
Friday, August 26, 2011
As Irene approaches, a lesson about calling 911: better safe than sorry.
Brenda Lee recently learned a new lesson about the dangers of electrical storms: bricks can fly a long way. Lee’s home was struck last Thursday just before 11 p.m., but didn’t realize lightning was what caused the loud boom she heard until the next day when a neighbor knocked on her door around 6 a.m. “It’s never good news at 6 a.m.,” she said. “We had no idea it had hit our house.” Lee said she was reading on the opposite end of the house when the strike occurred. “It sounded like a bomb went off,” she said. But with no apparent internal damage other than loss of power and with the rain still coming down, no one went outside to look for damage. Even if they had, they may not have noticed the damage to the top of their chimney … unless of …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management stresses caution and offers tips
In addition to goodwill, cheer and presents the holiday season also brings with it an increased threat of fire. According to the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, U.S. fire departments annually respond to approximately 260 fires caused by Christmas trees, resulting in an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries and $13.8 million in property damage. To stay safe for the holidays, Loudoun Fire and Rescue issued the following safety tips: For Christmas trees: For other holiday decorations: Along with the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, Patch wishes you a safe, happy holiday season.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Burn project to help 14-year-old Stone Bridge student achieve Eagle rank
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- Dusty Smith
Friday, October 1, 2010
A new attraction that's sure to draw attention at this year's Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department's Fall Open House will demonstrate the effectiveness of in-home sprinkler safety systems. One Ashburn Boy Scout has toiled for weeks to prepare that demonstration just to see his work all go up in flames. But that work also moves Reed Jones one step closer to earning Eagle Scout rank. Reed, a 14-year-old freshman at Stone Bridge High School, has been working for more than a month on the structures the fire department will burn. "Basically, I'm building two eight-by-eight rooms," he explained, his curly, shaggy locks barely contained beneath his Boy Scout cap. "They're supposed to look as identical as possible." And if all goes well, …