Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units were called to a house fire at 5911 Camberly Avenue in the Springfield area on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at approximately 12:30 p.m.
All nine occupants escaped the home prior to the arrival of firefighters and are being assisted by the Red Cross. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $80,000.
Investigators say the accidental fire was caused by an electrical problem.
Electrical safety tips
Fairfax Fire and Rescue offers the following safety advice:
- Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
- If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.
- The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
- All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by â€œface plates.â€
- When possible, avoid the use of â€œcube tapsâ€ and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
- Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Donâ€™t tie or knot electrical cords.
- Donâ€™t let furniture sit on electrical cords.
- Follow the manufacturerâ€™s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.