Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: June 28, 2012

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for June 28, 2012. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about fireworks safety, how to become part of the county’s Chaplain Corps, pet preparedness, National Internet Safety Month and a new first-aid app from the American Red Crosss. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

While legal fireworks and sparklers are a popular part of July 4th celebrations, in most areas of Virginia they could become a cause of wildfires since many areas have experienced below-average rainfall, resulting in dry brush and grass. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, fireworks that have finished burning are still extremely hot and they can smolder in dry grass or leaves before a fire ignites. Forestry officials recommend keeping a bucket of water; wet towel and a fully-charged garden hose nearby. Children and pets should also be kept a safe distance away from igniting and spent fireworks. Many types of fireworks are illegal in Virginia unless you are a licensed contractor. A good alternative to personal fireworks are community displays. Check the Fairfax County website,, for more information about July 4th activities in Fairfax County.

The Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps is now accepting applications for the next candidate classes that will begin this Fall. The Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps application and supporting documents are to be submitted by July 17. Find the required documents and more information online at If you have any questions, call 703-324-3453.


It’s hurricane and flood season. That means it’s time to talk with your family about what you would do and where you would go if a bad storm comes. But what about your pet? Animals can’t take care of themselves. During major disasters, animals often become separated from their owners. You can avoid that heartbreak.

  • Prepare a pet disaster supply kit.

  • Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars and up-to-date identification tags.

  • Purchase a pet carrier and label it with emergency contact information.

  • Don’t leave your pet behind.  Make a plan for your pet. If you have to evacuate, where will you go that accepts pets? Ask friends or relatives outside your area whether they could shelter your and your pet in an emergency. Find a hotel or motel outside your area that accepts pets. 

More information about making an emergency plan for your pet is available at or


June is National Internet Safety Month. Recent research shows that less than half of the U.S. population reports that they feel safe from viruses, malware and hackers while roughly half of parents are not completely confident that their kids can use the Internet safely. Remember “Stop, Think and Connect”: Before using the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, your kids' safety or that of your family. More information is online at


Finally, the American Red Cross has launched its official first-aid application, putting free and simple lifesaving information right in the hands of smart phone users. This app is the first in a series to be created by the American Red Cross and is available for use on both the Android and iPhone platforms. It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first-aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes. Users who take quizzes can earn badges they can share with friends through social media to show off their lifesaving knowledge. For more information and to download the app, 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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