Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: August 7, 2013



Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for August 7, 2013. Coming up, learn about this fall’s Great Southeast ShakeOut, staying safe in the pool or at the beach and how to register for the upcoming Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

This fall, we will have the opportunity again to participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut, an event designed to practice earthquake safety steps. The ShakeOut is Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m. You can practice “drop, cover, and hold on,” the catch phrase for staying safe through an earthquake. To register your organization or business, go to www.shakeout.org/southeast.

 

Many families and children are still enjoying local pools and trips to the beach. Remember these water safety tips. At pools:

  • Make sure all equipment is up-to-date and all pool drains are covered.

  • At a community pool, take the time to read and follow the pool rules posted and only swim at pools where there is a lifeguard on duty.

  • At a residential pool, a fence should be installed around the perimeter of the pool and an experienced adult swimmer should always be present.

When you’re at the beach:

  • Be extra careful in natural bodies of water; it is drastically different than swimming at a pool.

  • Watch out for rip currents, the biggest danger in the ocean. These powerful currents on the surface of the water can quickly carry you out to sea.

  • Never swim at a beach when there isn’t a lifeguard present.

  • Familiarize yourself with the beach warning flags before you and your family decide to go swimming.

  • Keep a cellphone and first-aid kit close by in case of an emergency.

 

Want to learn more about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department? You can participate in an interesting, fun-filled, nine-week program that shows you what firefighters and paramedics do every day. Apply to the Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy until Aug. 23 or until the class of 25 is filled. The academy begins Sept. 19, and meets for nine consecutive weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. at various locations in and outside the Fire and Rescue Department. Each session covers different aspects of the organization, providing an in-depth overview of the department and its uniformed and civilian workforce. Program topics include fire suppression, emergency medical services, training, recruitment, special operations and other interesting topics. To sign up for the free program, you must be 18 and up. Apply online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cfa.  

 

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That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. 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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