Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: March 21, 2012

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for Mar. 21, 2012. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about window safety, a poster contest for kids, a new Twitter account from USDA for food safety recalls, a regional news and information website and how to get an emergency preparedness presentation for your organization. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

With the arrival of springtime’s warmer days, we often open our windows to let in fresh air. Along with these open window comes an increased safety risk for young children. Children can be looking out an open window one minute and falling through it the next. A screen offers little protection when the weight of a child pushes against it. Here are some important safety tips to prevent children falling from open windows:

  • Always supervise young children; life-threatening injuries can happen in seconds to a child left unattended.

  • Close and lock windows whenever young children are around. If you need ventilation, open windows that children cannot reach. (For example, open double hung windows from the top only.)

  • Keep furniture and beds away from windows. Children can quickly climb onto window ledges and fall.

  • Keep window treatments (blinds, cords, drapes, etc.) out of children’s reach. They may injure themselves when climbing or be strangled.

Learn more from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department at

The Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise with Shade 2012 Poster Contest invites children in grades K-8 to submit a hand-drawn poster, on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, that shows how to avoid getting too much sun. The top five entries from kids in grades K-3 will receive a digital camera; the winner from grades 4-8 will receive a family trip to Disney World and a shade structure for their school. Entries must be received by April 1. Winners will be announced on May 16. More information can be found at

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched state-specific Twitter accounts to share news of recalls on poultry, meat and other food products. According to the USDA, these new Twitter feeds provide another way to provide consumers with critical updates and relevant information to protect their families from foodborne illness. Every state will now have its own Twitter alert handle using the state’s two-letter abbreviation followed by “_FSISAlert.” For example, Virginia’s alerts are at Previously FSIS alerts were issued through press releases and one main Twitter account, @USDAFoodSafety. The state-specific feeds will help consumers more easily identify which recalls are relevant to them.

Stay up-to-date with news and information from around the National Capital Region. Learn about emergency preparedness and more. Visit and bookmark

Finally, The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is available to deliver emergency preparedness presentations to community organizations and homeowners associations. If interested, contact Marcelo Ferreira at 571-350-1013 or via email at

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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