Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Dec. 26, 2013


Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about keeping your car in great shape this winter, how to reduce your risk of home fires, one single step you can take to be better prepared in 2014 and the World Police and Fire Games. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

So you’ve prepared your home for winter weather but what about your car? You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Before you hit the road, have a mechanic check the following items on your vehicle:

  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.

  • Battery and ignition system – terminal should be clean.

  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid level.

  • Tires – make sure they have adequate tread.

Changes in weather call for changes in your emergency supply kit. For winter weather, update the emergency kits in your vehicle with:

  • Matches.

  • Booster cables.

  • Tow chain or rope.

  • A fluorescent distress flag.

If you need a quick and easy way to remember what items to check on your car each winter, just download the car maintenance checklist from the Centers for Disease Control. Search “winter weather car maintenance checklist” at


The official start of winter was on Dec. 21. To reduce your risk of home fires this winter, be sure to have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney specialist before you begin using it. Make sure you leave glass doors open while burning a fire to prevent creosote buildup and you’ll want to install a stovepipe thermometer to help monitor flue temperature. Learn more from or the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department at


What’s on your New Year’s resolution list this year? Hopefully, being better prepared is on the list. This year, resolve to be proactive instead of reactive. A situation can quickly escalate to an emergency if you’re not prepared. One easy step to take to make sure you and your family have a safe 2014 is to make an emergency kit for your home, office and vehicle. Having an emergency kit can alleviate stress in uncertain situations and put you in control to help yourself and others. Learn more on our emergency preparedness Web page at And while you’re getting better prepared, be sure to visit our emergency information blog at and subscribe for updates by email. That’s


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Finally… did you know that the World Police and Fire Games will be held in Fairfax County in 2015? Over 60 sporting events will be held. A complete list of the sporting events, venue locations and more information about the world games can be found at

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 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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