Community Safety Programs
: Working smoke alarms in your home can reduce the chance of dying in a fire by 50 percent. Those are odds you can live with! Smoke alarms alert you that a fire has started and give you ample time to escape. Since most fire deaths occur at night while people are sleeping, it is important to install working smoke alarms in the home to give you and your family enough time to get out of the house safely. Each residence should have a working smoke alarm on each level of the home and in or near each bedroom. For more information visit U.S. Fire Administration
or National Fire Protection Association.
Escape Planning: Each home should have an escape plan which includes the following elements: know two ways out of each room; if a closed door is hot-do not open it; if smoke is present drop down low to the floor and crawl to safety; establish a safe meeting place outside for the whole family and call 9-1-1 from your safe meeting place or a neighbor’s house. Practice your plan often so everyone recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and knows what to do. For examples, see below:
Maintenance: Test your smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button. If you have standard 9 volt batteries (not 10-year batteries) a good rule is to replace your batteries twice a year when you change your clock in the spring and the fall. If your alarm “chirps” replace the battery immediately. If you have hard-wired alarms, battery back-up is required in case of a power failure. Vacuum or dust your smoke alarms according to manufacturer’s directions to keep them working properly. Replace your entire smoke alarm after 10 years.
Remember if you are renting your landlord is responsible for providing smoke alarms. For more information please contact 703-792-7736.
Child Safety Seats
Did you know that as many as 85% of child safety seats are defective or incorrectly installed? Is your family riding safe?
Through education, training, enforcement, outreach and legislation the Prince William Community Safe Kids Coalition seeks to ensure that all children from birth to age 16 are properly restrained in the correct restraint system every time they travel in a motor vehicle. Child restraint devices must be properly used and meet standards adopted by the United States Department of Transportation. Prince William Community Safe Kids Coalition encourages everyone to have their child safety seats inspected. The Safe Kids Coalition sponsors community child safety seat inspections throughout the year. In addition you can contact any local fire station to schedule an appointment to get a safety seat inspection; or call the Police Department at 703-792-7270. For additional information on child safety seats and the Child Safety Seat Program call 703-792-7736. For information on assistance programs for low-income residents who cannot afford a safety seat, contact the Virginia Department of Health Center for Injury and Violence Prevention at 1-800-732-8333.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training Program:
The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue can assist you in finding a CPR training. Learning CPR and using it in an emergency is a vital link in the 'Chain of Survival.' This is an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your community! The Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue can provide citizens interested in CPR and/or First Aid with contact information for an American Heart Association (AHA) certified instructor. Two different instruction formats are offered:
The American Heart Association has a variety of classes to achieve your personal or professional goals. For those in the health care field, the 6-8 hour Health Care Provider Class covers CPR for adults children and infants as well as choking and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). AHA also has various courses for those not in the health care field that can include any or all of the components of the Health care Provider Class as well as First Aid. Scheduling and fees are determined by the AHA instructor. For more information regarding the CPR training program please contact Sarah Sproule at 703-792-4480.
Learn CPR in your own home at no cost by checking out a 'Rescue Me' kit from your local library. All you need is a library card and access to a DVD player. The step-by-step video and practice manikin make learning easy and you can work at your own pace. Check out the 'Rescue Me' kits from Bull Run Library Central Library Chinn Park Library or Potomac Library. 'Rescue Me' kits are also available in Spanish.