News to Use Podcast Transcript: Dec. 12, 2012

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for December 12, 2012. Coming up, learn about ladder safety, holiday shopping tips, a music education program at the McLean Community Center, flu and staying connected to Fairfax County news and information. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

This time of year many people are using ladders to string holiday lights on their house or clean gutters. The Fairfax County Risk Management Division has a few, easy-to-remember safety tips to help you prevent injuries. Before you get started, make sure you select the correct size ladder for the job. Wear clean, slip-resistant shoes. When you are on the ladder, remember to have three points of contact on the ladder at all times – two hands, one foot or two feet with one hand.


Still have holiday shopping to do? Take a look at tips from the county’s Consumer Affairs Branch and find out about buying and using gift cards plus refund and exchange policies in case the gift is not quite right. If you are considering a gift of jewelry for someone special or as a treat for yourself, take some time to learn the terms used in the industry so you can get the best quality and value, regardless of whether you’re shopping in a traditional brick-and-mortar store, by catalog or online. This information and more can be found at


Did you know that the McLean Community Center offers a free music education program to local school children? The music education program, which is administered by Alden Theatre staff members, was created in response to a donor's request that the funds be used to further the musical education of children. Since its inception in 2004, the venter has offered local elementary schools special music programs featuring professional artists from around the country and the world. Students are bused to the theater for performances. There is no expense to the schools since the cost of the performances and buses are covered by the gift fund. For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123, TTY 711.


The best protection against the flu is to get the vaccine. But there are other ways to keep you and your family healthy this holiday season. Follow these simple steps to stop the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Learn more at


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If you don’t tweet, just text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 and you’ll receive text message updates.


Finally, subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county including theater, concerts, outdoor adventures, gardening workshops, presentations on nature and history, family fun and much more and delivers them right to your inbox every Thursday evening.  Don’t miss out on fun happenings throughout the county.  Subscribe to “Weekender” today at

That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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