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Thanksgiving--Busiest Day for Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day for the fire service. From 2006 to 2008, an estimated 4,300 Thanksgiving Day fires occurred in the United States causing 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $30 million in property loss, according to the U.S Fire Administration. 

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year and cause an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss. Thanksgiving Day fires in residential structures occur most frequently in the afternoon hours from noon to 4 p.m., peaking from noon to 1 p.m.

Reminder: Detours Set for Thursday and Friday Nights

From the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project:

Interstate I-66 westbound at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) will be closed overnights Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. because of Dulles Metrorail construction.

When I-66 westbound lanes close, thru traffic will be detoured on to the Dulles Connector Road west bound, to Route 123 south toward Tysons Corner, to a right turn to the ramp to the Capital Beltway south toward Richmond. Drivers can then rejoin I-66 from the Beltway. For local traffic, drivers have options to exit I?66 prior to the closing.

Fimian Concedes To Connolly In Tight Race

ANNANDALE, Va.  (WUSA) - Republican Keith Fimian congratulated Congressman Gerry Connolly in a statement saying he's decided not to pursue a recount in Virginia's 11th District race.

The congressman was re-elected by only 981 votes, or about .4%.

"I had blockage in an artery and was causing me some discomfort," said Congressman Gerry Connolly who spent last weekend in the hospital after a routine test which found a blood clot. He told reporters he's fine and wanted to focus on his win, not on the slim margin.

"There were four competitive races in Virginia. Only one was left standing. You're looking at him," he said.

He called the election the most toxic for democrats in 64 years and said he rejected the questions about why he almost lost the race to how he pulled it off in such a climate.

Can Carbon Monoxide Be In Your Home?

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, toxic gas. It causes about 300 accidental fatalities in homes each year; thousands more are treated in hospitals for CO poisoning. 

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning exposure include: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and confused thinking (victims do not think clearly enough to get assistance). Without treatment, the victim will lose consciousness and possibly their life. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels.

Common carbon monoxide causes include:

Shooting Victim & Good Samaritan Thrown Out Of Court

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- Najib Noufar Gerdak went running into a Fairfax County Police station in February of 2008, trying to get aid for a cab driver who was yelling for help as he was being chased by an S-U-V in the police station's parking lot.

Gerdak found only one person inside the station in the early morning hours of February 2nd, a woman who was asleep at her desk.

"I knocked. The first time she didn't wake up. I knocked a second time and she kind of woke up. Her feet were propped up. I told her there were two crazies outside. One guy was chasing a cab driver and she goes "the cab driver needs to call his own dispatch.'"

"The police didn't offer to help," asked 9NewsNow.

"Not at all, nothing. Not sit down. Not what can we do. Not offer to call anybody, zero. Zip. Nothing," he said.

When Gerdak returned to the police station parking lot, he was shot five times by the driver of the S-U-V.

Keeping Warm: Alternate Heating Source Safety Tips

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

The fall and winter are upon us. The cooler temperatures cause many of us to seek out alternative sources to heat our home and keep warm. Alternate heating sources are a major contributing factor in residential fires. The following safety tips will help you keep a safe home.

Fairfax County Parkway Ground Clearing Activity

From VA Department of Transportation:

Starting Monday, Nov. 8, crews will begin clearing trees and brush along the Fairfax County Parkway in Springfield for utility relocations and upcoming work on phase III of the Fairfax County Parkway extension. Phase III includes the realignment of Rolling and Hooes Roads and reconfiguration of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway interchange.

This clearing will occur Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and continue until late fall or early winter. Areas that will be affected include: