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Fairfax firefighters spread the word on safety

Saturday - 6/8/2013, 8:06pm  ET

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - When they're not responding to emergency calls, some firefighters are spending their weekends going door to door for safety's sake.

"We are going to reach out, check with citizens, make sure they have working smoke detectors in their homes, provide a safety message to them," says Lt. Duane Black, of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Each weekend through November, when they're not answering emergency calls, Fairfax firefighters will spend time knocking on doors to check and, when necessary, replace smoke detectors.

On Saturday, members of Fire Station 10 visited apartments in aging buildings near Bailey's Crossroads. Smoke detectors are critical in buildings that were constructed before standpipe sprinkler systems were required by county law.

"These buildings are so old they don't have these safety systems in place," says firefighter Jorge Araya. "That's why it's important for us to come out and interact with the people."

Firefighters are also handing out flyers full of safety tips for summer, including:

  • Never use gasoline to start a fire, and never use a grill on apartment or condominium balconies.

  • Only use legally approved fireworks, and put them on a flat surface and away from combustibles.

  • Don't drink alcohol while boating.

  • And of course, learn CPR.

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