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Grease and Cooking Fires Double on Thanksgiving Day

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, November 23

Each year more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Between 2005-2009, grease and cooking-related fires more than doubled on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.

With the popularity of turkey frying increasing, U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association ... (Full Story & Photos)

Stafford Fire and Rescue Welcomes New Investigator

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, October 30

Stafford, VA - Stafford County Fire and Rescue’s newest arson investigator is a two-year-old yellow lab named Duchess, who was acquired through a grant from State Farm Insurance. State Farm also paid for the 200 hours of training that Duchess and her handler Deputy Fire Marshal Ben Gouldman recently completed at State Farm’s Accelerant Detection Canine School, located in Maine. Ben and Duchess will ... (Full Story & Photos)

Change Your Clocks - Change Your Batteries

Assistant Chief Mark L. Doyle, October 29

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department reminds the community that batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested and/or replaced on Sunday, November 1st when the clocks are reset for daylight savings time.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends changing batteries annually.

Have you changed yours in the past year?

According to NFPA:

Almost all households ... (Full Story & Photos)

Coats for Kids 2015

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, October 27

On October 27, 2015 the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department, Stafford County Public Schools and Stafford Professional Firefighters Local 4012 provided 683 winter coats, hats and gloves to children throughout Stafford County. In addition, students from the Family Consumer Sciences Program at Gayle Middle Schools donated 220 handmade hats. Each year our goal is to provide coats to every child ... (Full Story & Photos)


Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, October 26

When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

Dried flowers, ... (Full Story & Photos)

Dangers of Wood-Burning Appliances

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, October 13

The winter heating season is upon us, so it is a good time to remind people of the dangers of wood-burning appliances. More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves, and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.
Heating fires account for 36 percent of residential ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Heating Safety Tips

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, October 13

In 2011, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported home structure fires, 400 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries, and $893 million in direct property damage. Fires, deaths, and damages were all down from 2010, while injuries were mostly unchanged.

The declines were larger than had been seen during the mostly level trend of the preceding few years, coming after a sharp decline ... (Full Story & Photos)

Carbon Monoxide Do's and Dont's

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, October 12

CO is produced by common household appliances. When not properly ventilated, carbon monoxide emitted by these appliances
can build up. Anyone can be at risk for carbon monoxide exposure.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless gas known as the “silent killer.” Each year, more than 400 Americans
die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and ... (Full Story & Photos)

Heavy Rains May Cause Flooded Roadways Remember the Dangers of Driving through Flooded Roadways

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, September 27

Ironically, many drivers rescued from flood waters report that they were in a hurry to get home as a reason for tempting the danger of driving into water. However it looks, and despite what car commercials depict, driving into flood waters may be the most dangerous things one might ever try considering the following:

Most cars will float (and be swept away) in 18-24 inches of moving water. Trucks ... (Full Story & Photos)

Stafford County Invites Citizens To Preparedness Expo

Assistant Chief Mark Doyle, September 22

Stafford County’s first ever Preparedness Expo this Saturday, September 26, will provide citizens with some information and supplies to help them get ready for a disaster.

“Disasters can occur at any time, and it is important for people to prepare as much as possible in advance so that they will be in a better position to take care of themselves and their families,” said Stafford Chairman of the ... (Full Story & Photos)



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