Springtime is usually accompanied by a significant increase in the number of fires that occur in landscaping mulch. These fires are particularly dangerous due to their proximity to homes and structures. The fire starts in the landscaping mulch, spreads into the shrubbery and then to the home or building. Most are started by people, often via improper disposal of smoking materials, so most can be prevented. However, mulch can spontaneously combust under the proper conditions. If you see anything smoking in a landscaped bed put it out if you can and call 911. If the burning material is not thoroughly wet or removed, it may re-ignite.
Learn More from the Virginia Department of Forestry:
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Our Tower 618 and Canteen 611 are out at the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue recruiting event at the fire school. We hope you got a chance to visit today and see what we do and how you could be a part of the fire and rescue family! We’re here for just a little while longer…2pm! ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company for 100 years of service to the Purcellville community! Happy Birthday! Enjoy this year of celebration!Today we will start celebrating our 100th year of service to the citizens of Purcellville and surrounding areas! Happy 100 PVFC! Read more at purcellvillefire.org/purcellville-volunteer-fire-company-celebrates-100-years-of-service-to-the-c... ... See MoreSee Less
"Spring Forward" on Sunday Morning
With the start of Daylight Saving Time just around the corner (clocks "spring forward" at 2am on Sunday, March 12th), will you remember to test your smoke detectors and CO detectors when you change your clocks? On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire. Working smoke alarms provide the early warning and critical extra seconds needed to escape and cut the risk of dying in home fire structures in half. Regularly test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and remind your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. This simple act takes just a moment, but it is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire.
Smoke alarms should be tested once a month and if an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Also remember to check the expiration date on your smoke detectors. The life expectancy of smoke detectors is 8 to 10 years. If they are more than 8 years old, it's time to replace them. Many new detectors have 10 year batteries and/or are designed to be entirely replaced. For a traditional detector you should replace the batteries regularly, and make sure to retest the detector with the new batteries installed to ensure it was done properly.
Loudoun County's “Put a Finger on It” smoke alarm campaign offers free home safety inspections and smoke alarms to all Loudoun County residents. If your smoke alarms are broken or outdated they will replace them with battery powered alarms at no cost and install additional alarms as necessary. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the hotline at 703-737-8093 or visit www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms. ... See MoreSee Less