Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Feb. 6, 2013

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for February 6, 2013. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, it’s not too late to resolve to be ready in 2013, find out safety tips for fireplace and hypothermia safety, how to register for the upcoming statewide tornado drill, and the new Ready Virginia mobile app. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Hopefully you’re still on target with your New Year’s resolutions. There’s one resolution, though, that you need to accomplish. Resolve to be ready in 2013! Find out more on how to be prepared for any emergency or weather event at You can also visit and


The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department offers these safety tips for disposing of fireplace ashes safely.

  • Do not discard your ashes in any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box or a plastic trash can.

  • Do not place ash containers on decks, porches or in garages.

  • Put ashes into a non-combustible metal container with a lid.

  • Pour water into the container to make sure the ashes are cool.

  • Keep your can outside the home, away from your fireplace or stove and anything combustible.

  • Teach all family members to be safe with ashes from your fireplace or stove.

More information is online at


Did you know that hypothermia can occur even at cool temperatures above 40°F if a person becomes chilled. Learn how to recognize hypothermia and what to do about it at and by searching for hypothermia in the search box at the top right of the page.


Virginia’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill takes place Tuesday, March 12, at 9:45 a.m. Registration is now open. The tornado drill is an important statewide safety exercise since in recent years Virginia has been hard hit by multiple tornadoes that have cost lives and left extensive property damage. Some communities are still recovering from devastating tornadoes. In each of the past two years, some 1.2 million Virginians have registered to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill. To register and to learn more about planning a tornado drill, go to and click through the rotating graphics at the top of the page, or go to


The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has launched a free emergency preparedness mobile app. The Ready Virginia mobile app provides a new way to prepare for disasters and also to receive the latest information during emergencies. The free Ready Virginia app for iPhone and Android mobile devices provides emergency planning and preparedness guidance along with other features. Download the Ready Virginia app in the App Store and in Google Play for Android. In addition to the mobile app, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management launched a mobile version of its website at And don’t forget Fairfax County’s app – it includes emergency information and more. Find it online 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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