Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Apr. 3, 2013

Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for April 3 2013. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about spring window safety, flooding, the Youth Preparedness Council, free emergency exercises for businesses, a victim’s rights week walk and the CERT-CON conference. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

With the arrival of spring’s warmer temperatures, it is tempting to open your windows. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reminds us to exercise safety. 

  • Keep children away from open windows, especially windows close to the floor. If you must open a window, open it from the top.

  • Consider installing window guards or window stop devices. Be sure to educate older children and adults on how to release window guards in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires evacuation.

  • When landscaping, install grass, mulch and shrubs beneath a window. These can help cushion a child’s fall.

  • Keep furniture, beds, toy chests and other furniture items away from windows.

Learn more from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department at

Flooding can occur in almost every part of the U.S. and during any month. In 2012, 39 percent of flood fatalities occurred from driving into floodwater and 18 percent from walking into it. If you're driving or walking and encounter floodwater, turn around, don't drown. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock over an adult and cause loss of control of a vehicle. A foot of water will float many vehicles and only 2 feet of rushing water will carry them away, including pickups and SUVs. The depth of floodwater is not always obvious. It can be especially hard to judge at night. The best option is to play it safe and turn around. Find out what you can do to keep your family safe before, during and after floods. Visit


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking nominations for the agency’s Youth Preparedness Council. The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a national council; complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing; and learn about youth disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA. In addition, they participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit where the council meets with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters. Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17, who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, is encouraged to apply or be nominated to serve on the council. Applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., April 19, to be eligible. For more details, visit


Here’s a helpful tip for business. Download free tabletop exercises to help your facilities and community plan for disaster impacts like a critical power outage. Visit


Sign up to walk in the 2013 Crime Victims’ Rights Week sponsored by the Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Services Unit. The walk will be held at Fairfax Corner on Sunday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. There will be a resource fair, live jazz and rhythm and blues and a candlelight vigil at the conclusion of the walk. The walk is free; for information or to register visit the Police Department’s Web page at


Finally, Fairfax County CERT will be hosting the National Capital Region CERT-CON 2013 conference June 29-30 at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The conference will feature lectures and discussions on Saturday and a functional field exercise on Sunday. Go ahead and save the dates; more details about the event to follow.

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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