Six of Nation’s Top 10 Wealthiest Counties Surround D.C.

CBS DC

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — It’s a good time to live near the nation’s capital, according to Forbes.

The business magazine ranked the country’s wealthiest counties and six of the top 10 are in the D.C. metro area.

Loudoun County in Virginia tops the list for the second consecutive year. Households in Loudoun County boast a median income of $119,525, the highest of any county in the U.S.

Home to Dulles International Airport, Loudoun County has fed off government contracting as its population has nearly doubled since 2001, to more than 325,000.

Five other counties in the D.C. area also rank in the top 10. Falls Church City comes in second with a median household income of $117,481. Fairfax County, the state’s largest county, is fourth with a median household income of $105,409.

Howard County in Maryland, the state’s smallest county area-wise, ranks sixth with a median household income of $99,040…

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Sheriff’s Office to Hold Dulles South Station Quarterly Meeting

The Dulles South Station will host the quarterly meeting for residents and community members who wish to hear updates on public safety issues, traffic and crime trends.  The meeting will be held Monday, April 29 at 7:00 PM at the Dulles South Station located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in Chantilly, VA.  Residents are encouraged to attend and hear briefings from law enforcement officials.  Checkout the briefing from the last quarterly meeting: http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/179 Dulles South Public Safety Center

Happy Earth Day – Celebrating Earth Day Everyday

It’s not too late to get involved! Attend a local Earth Day event, plant a tree, write to your elected officials, or simply commit to living more sustainably. Every little action counts.

A few weeks ago, a few community volunteers participated in the Braddock Corner Adopt-A-Stream/Community Clean Up Event and cleaned up the community from all the trash that had been scattered around. Thank you volunteers for doing your part:
David Vinh
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Don Dew
Pat Lundquist
Joe Jester
Angela Etter
A special thanks to Jesse Stapleton for getting us involved in the Virginia Adopt-A-Stream program.

Put a Finger on It – Test Your Smoke Alarm

Guidelines
In the United States, 80% of all civilian fire deaths result from home structure fires. In most cases, a working smoke alarm could have saved these lives. Smoke alarms are one of the best and easiest safety features you can use to protect yourself, your family and your home. So go ahead, “Put A Finger On It!” and follow these safety tips. If you need a smoke alarm, they are available for free by calling 703-737-8600.

  • Be Safe – Replace. It is recommended that you replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old. Why? After working for 10 years, 7 days a week, your smoke alarm has been on the job for over 87,000 hours. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for replacement.
  • Contact Us. For more information about our smoke alarm program, use our Contact Us e-mail form and select “Smoke Alarms” from the list of topics, or leave a message on our hotline at 703-737-8093.
  • Double your chances. When properly installed, smoke alarms give an early warning needed to safely escape from fire. That’s critical because 80% of all fire deaths occur in the home, and most occur at night when people are sleeping. Smoke alarms double your chances of surviving a fire.
  • Location, Location, Location. It doesn’t matter if your home is big or small, old or new. All homes need smoke alarms that work. For the best protection, put one in every bedroom, in hallways close to sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Pass the test. Check to make sure it’s working by putting a finger on it. Push the test button or use a broom handle to reach up and push the test button once a month. Always use new batteries when replacing old ones.
  • Practice often. It is important to conduct regular home fire drills and to make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out and stay out in the event of a fire. Fire drills aren’t just for schools – they are important at home, too.
  • Smoke can kill. People often assume that most fire deaths are due to flames. In fact, most fire deaths are caused by the inhalation of smoke and poisonous gases.
  • You can prevent a fire. Cooking and smoking cause many home fires. Space heater and candles also pose special dangers. By controlling all sources of heat and fire and checking your home for dangers, you can prevent common types of household fires.

Contact
Public Education Manager
lifesafety@loudoun.gov
801 Sycolin Rd, Ste 200
Leesburg, Virginia
Ph: 703-737-8600

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Spring Cleaning for Safety

As warmer weather approaches, so begins the annual task of spring cleaning inside and outside the home. Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents of important safety considerations as spring draws near.

Around the house:

• Check and clean smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. We recommend that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are tested monthly and batteries changed regularly.
• Make sure all exits and escape routes are clear from debris and are easily accessible.
• Reduce clutter in and around your home. Clear at least a three foot space around your furnace, hot water heater, fireplace, space heaters and dryer.
• Have furnaces, chimneys and air conditioning units inspected by a licensed professional.
• Check electrical outlets, extension cords and power strips to ensure they are not overloaded.
• Be sure all cleaning products, household chemicals, paints and poisons are properly marked and safely stored out of children’s reach.

In the Yard:

• Trim bushes, plants and trees surrounding your home and keep vegetation at least ten feet from the structure.
• Keep gutters and roofs clear of debris. If using a ladder, be sure the rungs are dry and the ladder is securely positioned on a flat surface.
• When operating a lawn mower, rake before you mow to prevent stones or loose debris from flying into the air. Never start a mower indoors and when refueling, make sure the engine is turned off and cool.
• Gasoline and cleaning fluids should be well marked and stored in a cool, dry place away from the house and out of the reach of children. Use only approved containers for gasoline storage.
• Spread mulch at least a foot away from the house with a non-combustible barrier in between, such as rock or gravel.

In addition to these safety tips, remember all Loudoun County residents must adhere to the current open burning guidelines. In areas where burning is permitted, the “4 p.m. law” is in effect from February 15th until April 30th. Please note that beginning May 1st there will be no open burning permitted anywhere within the county until October 1st, 2013.

For information regarding the 2013 Loudoun County open burning guidelines, please visit the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s website at http://www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or call 703-737-8600.

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Fire-Rescue Spring 2013 Events & Open House

Open Houses:

May 18th Purcellville Volunteer Rescue, Station 14, 500 N. Maple Avenue, Purcellville, 11am–4pm. For details visit: http://www.purcellvillerescue.org

May 18th Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad’s Open House will be at the Dulles Town Center Mall, inside and outside, 12–3:00pm. For details visit: http://www.sterlingrescue.org

May 19th Ashburn Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Station 22, 19485 Sandridge Way, Lansdowne, 12:00–3:30pm. For details visit: http://www.ashburnfirerescue.org

May 19th Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue Station 13, 143 Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, 11am–4pm. For details visit: http://www.loudounrescue.org

May 25th Round Hill Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Station 4, 4 Main Street, Round Hill, 10am–2pm. For details visit: http://www.roundhillvfd.org

Additional events:

Saturdays Lovettsville Fire and Rescue weekly bingo night every Saturday. 12837 Berlin Turnpike, Lovettsville, 7pm. For details visit: http://www.lovettsvillevfr.org

April 27th Philomont Horse Show, 37180 Snickersville Turnpike, Philomont, 8am–4pm. For details visit: http://www.philomontvfd.org

May 5th Ashburn Volunteer Fire-Rescue monthly pancake breakfast. Station 6, 20688 Ashburn Road, 8am–12pm. For details visit: http://www.ashburnfirerescue.org

May 10th&11th Round Hill Volunteer Fire-Rescue Annual Mother’s Day flower sale, Station 4, 4 Main Street, Round Hill, from 9am–6pm or until all flowers are gone. For details visit: http://www.roundhillvfd.org

May 11th Philomont Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Beef Bar-B-Q, 36560 Jeb Stuart Road, Philomont, 4–6pm. For details visit: http://www.philomontvfd.org

May 25th Sterling Volunteer Fire Company annual Cascades 10K Fire Chase and 9-1-1 Fun Run, Lowes Island Community Center. For details visit: http://www.sterlingfire.org

June 3rd Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company Annual Golf Tournament, Loudoun Golf and Country Club. For details visit: http://www.purcellvillefire.org

June 29th Lovettsville Fire-Rescue 2nd Annual Mud Run, 12853 Picnic Woods Road,
Lovettsville, 9:30am. For details visit: http://www.lovettsvillevfr.org

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