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Use Caution When Burning Candles

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Candles can provide ambiance and add warmth and coziness to a home. Candles are also often used when severe weather causes a power outage, leaving homeowners in the dark. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 17,400 candle-related fires occurred in homes annually. Approximately 180 deaths and 1,575 injuries are attributed to candle-related fires. On average, one home candle fire is reported every 34 minutes.

     The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recommends residents use products such as battery-operated or electric candles and flashlights. If residents elect to use open-flame candles, follow these recommended safety tips:

Update from Fimian/Connolly Nail-Biting Race

What's For Dinner Gerry?

Today Fairfax County residents had to choose between 11th District incumbent U.S. House Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly and Republican Keith Fimian, who was Connolly's challenger in the 2008 election. Both Fimian and Connolly have stated that they are not taking this year's race for granted.

Voter turnout was particuarly important to both candidates today. As we all patiently wait for the election poll results to come in, Connolly's campaign headquarters at the Fairview Park Marriott of Falls Church, VA opens up the bar and the dinner buffet line to pass the time.

Sneak Peak of Gerry Connolly's Campaign Headquarters

It's hurry up and wait time at Gerry Connolly's campaign headquarters at the Fairview Park Marriot in Falls Church, VA. With just about 2 hours left at the polls, crews are setting up signs, screens, stage risers and media crews are getting their camera shots ready.

Connolly's website offers a tool to find your polling place. To follow Connolly on twitter: @ElectConnolly

For all of your D.C., Maryland, and Virginia election coverage, tune in to WUSA9 tonight.

Fimian Campaign Headquarters Set-Up Underway

As Keith Fimian, Republican Congress Candidate votes in Oakton, VA, according to his Twitter feed (@KeithFimian) 30 minutes ago, his campaign headquarters set-up is well underway.

The headquarters for his race is located at The Mason Inn on the George Mason University Campus, which opened this past July.

The election polls close at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

For all of your D.C., Maryland, and Virginia election coverage, tune in to WUSA9 tonight.

Firefighters Check Smoke Alarms, Provide Home Escape Plans

From the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvas homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and providing family fire escape plans for residents.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will partner with the U.S. Fire Administration in supporting the Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign. The initiative emphasizes smoke alarms, escape plans, and home safety walk-through to eliminate fire hazards from homes.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family to escape a deadly fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24/7. It never sleeps.

Woman Killed In Crash In Northern Virginia


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP/WUSA) -- Virginia State Police say an SUV that crashed on Interstate 95 near Springfield, killed a 20-year-old woman.

Police say Breauna Woolen of Woodbridge was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say Woolen's father, 37-year-old Ashante Townes, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Police say Townes was traveling north in the far right lane when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip over.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.