Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: June 13, 2012

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for June 13, 2012. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about the “Private Sector Resources Catalog,” summer safety and Ready Business. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The “Private Sector Resources Catalog,” originally released in May 2010, centralizes access to all Department of Homeland Security resources targeted to the private sector. This includes small and large businesses, academia, trade associations and other non-governmental organizations. It collects the training, publications, guidance, alerts, newsletters, programs and services available to the private sector from across DHS. To view the catalog, visit

Every year we look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries from outdoor cooking and recreational fires. Annually, there are almost 3,800 Americans injured by gas or charcoal grill fires. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.

  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railing and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.

  • Keep children and pets from the grill area; declare a 3-foot "safe zone" around the grill.

  • Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when cooking.

  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.

Find more information online at and   


Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business.

  • Encourage your people to become ready.

  • Protect your investment.

Ready Business, at, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets for an emergency. It contains vital information on how to get started and how to adapt for their unique needs during an emergency. Another FEMA publication, the “Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry,” provides step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program. It can be used by manufacturers, corporate offices, retailers, utilities or any organization where a sizable number of people work or gather. Whether you operate from a high-rise building or an industrial complex; whether you own, rent or lease your property; whether you are a large or small company; the concepts in this guide apply. Visit for more details.

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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