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National Safety Month: Tips for Using Painkillers Safely

(StatePoint) With so much talk of drug use in America, you may not realize that some of the most potentially dangerous drugs are sitting right in many home medicine cabinets. More people die daily from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Driving the problem is availability, as …

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Responsible choices for healthy, happy lives

(Family Features) For many parents, beginning the discussion of teen alcohol use can be a difficult conversation to have, yet, one that is essential to family safety. With movies and popular music encouraging the use of alcohol on a seemingly daily basis, it’s no wonder that teens are often pressured into dangerous behavior. But communicating about alcohol use is more …

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Checklist: Preparing Your Home and Family for an Emergency

(StatePoint) You can’t predict the future, but you can feel more confident in your ability to face unforeseen emergencies if you prepare your home and family ahead of time. Planning for all kinds of scenarios is crucial, say experts. “In the event of an emergency, a well-thought out emergency plan can eliminate stress, limit confusion and save a great deal …

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Tips for Weathering Power Outages this Storm Season

(StatePoint) Power outages can be inconvenient, costly and even dangerous. Being prepared is especially important when wicked seasonal weather — such as hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes and heat waves — are more likely to take a toll. No matter where you live, make sure your home and family are ready. Outage Tolls Nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults who experience a …

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Keeping Summer Fun

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  Submitted by PWCDFR A chicken is exploded during the recent Light It Write demonstration behind Pfitzner Stadium. An M-80 firecracker can blow a watermelon to smithereens; a chicken from the grocery store doesn’t stand a chance against the explosive either. The destructive power of such fireworks was recently demonstrated during a press conference held behind G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium. …

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Charlton Court Fire Incident

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On Wednesday, May 14th at approximately 2:00 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 4600 block of Charlton Court in Dale City. Upon arrival, fire and rescue units observed smoke showing from the rear of a 2 story mid row town home. Firefighters proceeded to the 2nd floor of the home, located the …

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Emergency Medical Services – Dedicated For Life

Contributed by DEPARTMENT OF FIRE & RESCUE Americans depend on EMS to assist with various emergency care needs such as heart disease, cancer, and strokes to individuals involved in traffic accidents, structure fires, and on occasion, the delivery of babies. According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS treats approximately 25-30 million patients each year with an …

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Prince William Chamber Honors Valor Awardees

By Dennis Fargo QUANTICO, VA. – We are served by heroes. That was the message given on April 29th, as courageous first responders from Prince William County, the City of Manassas, the State of Virginia and the Federal Government were honored at the 28th Annual Valor Awards luncheon held at The Clubs at Quantico and Crossroads Event Center by the …

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AirCare Medevac Launches Awareness Campaign Against Distracted Driving

Contributed by AirCAre Medevac Provocative campaign to launch across the community through grassroots campaign efforts Manassas, VA, April 1, 2014…AirCare Medevac, a service of PHI Air Medical announced today a nationwide effort to educate and raise awareness in local communities they serve on the dangers and challenges surrounding “Distracted Driving,” an increasingly important and unfortunately common issue of today. “As …

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Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton VFD responds to Town House Fire

Contributed by Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department Woodbridge, VA April 13, 2014 10:06 a.m. – Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire at 3511 Covered Bridge Ln.  Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported smoke showing from the roof.   Upon entry firefighters encountered significant fire consuming part of the second floor and the entire attic. The fire was under control in less than …

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