ARLINGTON, Va – Early this morning, smoke alarms alerted a sleeping family to a fire that started in their south Arlington home. The entire family -- two adults and one young child -- were able to escape without any injuries before calling 9-1-1 from outside the home. Firefighters arrived just a few minutes later to find flames and dark smoke coming from the home.
This family survived because they had working smoke alarms in the home and knew exactly what to do in a fire emergency. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This incident is a reminder for everyone that working smoke alarms save lives.
The Arlington County Fire Department recommends that you:
If you are a homeowner in Arlington and are unable to install smoke alarms in your home, the Arlington County Fire Department has a program to assist you. Landlords are required to provide working smoke alarms in rental properties. For more information on smoke alarms or to request a smoke alarm installation, visit http://fire.arlingtonva.us/safety/smoke-alarms/.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.