Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Feb. 6, 2013
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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
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 ready.gov/resolve. You can also visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency and www.fairfaxcouty.gov/emergency/blog.
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
Teach all family members to be safe with ashes from your fireplace or
More information is online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr.
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 emergency.cdc.gov and fairfaxcounty.gov 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 www.vaemergency.gov and click through the rotating graphics at the top of the page, or go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
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 m.vaemergency.gov. And don’t forget
Fairfax County’s app – it includes emergency information and more. Find
it online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/mobile.
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 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.