Loudoun County, VA (Jan. 21, 2016) – The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management wants to remind residents of the importance of having and maintaining functional smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms may have provided critical time for nine people, including four young children, whose lives were lost in two separate house fires in the last four days.
Early Sunday morning five family members, three adults and two children, in Chesterfield County were killed as a fire destroyed their home. In Chillum, Maryland a fire tore through a home early Tuesday morning, killing a couple and their twin 2-year-old grandchildren. Although the incidents are under investigation, the surviving family members in Chesterfield did not report hearing any alarms before escaping the burning home and there is no evidence of smoke alarms in the Chillum residence.
These tragic incidents serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms provide crucial time necessary to get your family safely outside in case of a fire. It is critical to have smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Those alarms must be tested regularly, equipped with new batteries as needed and replaced after ten years.
Loudoun County’s “Put A Finger On It” smoke alarm program offers free home inspections and smoke alarms to county residents. To schedule an inspection or get more information about the program visit www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms or call Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager at 571-258-3222.