Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Apr. 4, 2012

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for Apr. 4, 2012. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about Virginia’s spring fire season, 9-1-1 Education Month, a CDC Web portal, public health week in Fairfax County and flood safety. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Virginia’s spring fire season started Feb. 15 and runs through April 30. Officials warn that the threat of wildfires is increased this year due to Virginia’s mild winter. Ninety-five percent of wildfires in the commonwealth are caused by humans, so remember these tips from the Virginia Department of Forestry:

  • Even if it’s after 4 p.m., don’t burn if the wind speed is in excess of 20 miles per hour and humidity levels are below 30 percent.

  • Burn in small piles rather than one big pile.

  • Before igniting your fire, clear the area around the pile down to bare dirt.

  • Don’t add to the fire after midnight.

  • Keep a fully charged hose and a shovel on hand to extinguish any spot fires that ignite away from the burn pile.

  • Dial 9-1-1 as soon as a fire escapes your control.

April is 9-1-1 Education Month, a time to recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and the role it plays in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response in times of crisis.

  • Know WHEN to call 9-1-1. It is for emergencies only. Only call 9-1-1 if someone is hurt or in danger, or if you are in immediate need of police, fire or medical assistance.

  • Know where you are, stay calm and never hang up.

For more, visit the Fairfax County 9-1-1 Center online at

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC— has a Web portal with links to information, tools and resources to assist in multi-sector planning for older adults in all-hazard emergencies. Visit for more information and to access the available resources.

Lifelong health starts not when a health problem arises, but through prevention. Everyone has a role to play. Each action, no matter how small, can make a big difference in the health of our community. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April 2-8, National Public Health Week in Fairfax County. Even after public health week is over though, remember the local resources available from the Fairfax County Health Department to help you and your family live longer and healthier lives. Visit

Finally, remember these safety tips in case flooding occurs in your area:

  • Get out of areas subject to flooding, including dips and low spots. Move to higher ground.

  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic or roof.

  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.

  • Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. It takes only 6 inches of fast-flowing water to sweep you off your feet.

  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Roadbeds may be washed out under flood waters — 2 feet of moving water can sweep an SUV off the road.

  • Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.

More information on flood safety is available from the National Weather Service at For more on “Turn Around. Don’t Drown,” visit

That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.

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