Fire Prevention Week 2020

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

Fire Prevention Week 2020
October 4th – 10th

The Prince William County Fire & Rescue System is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”  The campaign, which runs October 4th – 10th, educates the public about cooking hazards and how one can take small, yet important actions to prevent cooking-related fires — the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

NFPA states that, in 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 172,900 home structure fires due to cooking, that’s an average of 470 home cooking fires per day with Thanksgiving and Christmas as peak days for home cooking fires. These types of fires resulted in 550 deaths, 4,820 injuries and over $1 billion in property damage. The leading cause of kitchen fires, in which individuals sustain injuries or worse, is unattended cooking.

Chief Tim Keen of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System states, “Some of our fondest memories are times spent in the kitchen, with family and friends, while preparing a delicious meal. Yet, when cooking, we must always be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our loved ones, by taking the necessary precautions in preventing home fires and home fire injuries.”

Due to COVID-19, the Prince William County Fire & Rescue System will host virtual Open Houses of our various fire stations, beginning Sunday, October 4th through Saturday, October 10th, in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”. Please visit our Facebook page to view the virtual tours.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and general fire and life safety prevention, visit the National Fire Protection Association,, and the U.S. Fire Administration


BRMCA Halloween Event. Halloween is not going to be canceled on the mountain. Parents and their kids are welcome by the clubhouse lower lot field (intersection of Ridge & Mountain) on Halloween from 4:00pm until about 6:30pm (sunset is 6:08). Read on if you are interested in attending or volunteering.

We will mark up to 50 six foot by six foot squares around the perimeter of the lower lot field. Squares will increase in size if we have less than 50 volunteers. Volunteers can decorate their spot before the event and “hand out” candy during the event.

There will be a clubhouse rental on the 31st. The renter, a fellow resident, is very accommodating and in favor of our community Halloween event. We will put tape around the portion of the parking lot closest to the clubhouse for the renter and guests. The remainder of the lot will remain open for Halloween event attendees if space is not available in the lower lot.

We would like to avoid road parking and would like to keep families walking from the clubhouse lot off the road and away from traffic. As you can see in the map below, there is a path to the lower lot field from the clubhouse and a separate path back. Jackson Hollow Land Services will mow the field and clear the paths before the event. These paths are not steep, though we encourage those with strollers to park in the lower lot.

We would like this event to be as safe as possible. To this end, we will mark arrows on the grass to direct traffic one-way around the perimeter; will ask parents and kids not to move forward until the next spot is open; and we will ask volunteers, who can stay in their decorated spots, to place candy in bowls for kids to take from. The BRMCA will purchase extra candy in case volunteers run out. The lower lot and field are not well lit, so the event will end just after dusk. At the last spot around the perimeter, each family can vote for the best decorated spot, who will win a $50 Amazon gift card.

More details to follow. A signup sheet will be posted soon for spot signup and volunteers.