Fire and Rescue Begins “Safety In Our Community” Campaign This Weekend

Posted at 12 p.m.


Our Fire and Rescue Department, under the leadership of new Fire Chief Richard Bowers, will launch a new countywide community outreach initiative  — “Safety In Our Community” (SIOC) — this weekend, supporting the overarching goal of preventing the 9-1-1 call.

Be sure to install smoke alarms on every

Be sure to install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.

The SIOC initiative will begin tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., when firefighters will be in the community checking and installing working smoke alarms. They also will provide seasonal fire and life safety tips. If you are not home, firefighters will leave behind a door hanger with important smoke alarm and fire and life safety information

The SIOC initiative will continue every Saturday afternoon throughout the summer, fall and spring, with accompanying seasonal safety messages.

To request the installation of a smoke alarm, or a visual smoke alarm for deaf and hard of hearing persons — at no cost — call 703-246-3801, TTY 711, or visit

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2 responses to “Fire and Rescue Begins “Safety In Our Community” Campaign This Weekend”

  1. Susan Forbes says :

    Question: I have heard that ionized smoke detectors do not pick up smoke as fast as other non-ionized models.
    Is this true?

    Do you have a list of recommended models?

    • fairfaxcounty says :


      You asked about ionized versus non-ionized models of smoke alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the two most commonly recognized smoke detection technologies are ionization smoke detection and photoelectric smoke detection. This page on their website has more details. Hope this info helps, and hope you understand that Fairfax County cannot recommend specific products. Thanks for the question.