Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: July 10, 2013

Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for July 10, 2013. Coming up, learn about lightning safety, summer vacation tips, hurricane season and flood insurance, emergency plans and presentations, and staying cool in the summer heat. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


To be safe from dangerous lightning follow this simple rule: When thunder roars, go indoors. Lightning kills an average of 55-60 people a year in the U.S. Although 90 percent of those who are struck survive, they often have permanent neurological disabilities. Eighty percent of lightning fatalities occur among men fishing, boating, golfing, biking or working outdoors. To be safe remember the 30/30 rule: If you see lightning and cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Immediately move to safe shelter or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up and stay there at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.


Many of us take vacations or short trips during the summer. Here are a couple of quick tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help ensure your safety while on the road.

  • Fill up your gas tank. I like to keep at least a quarter tank at all times.

  • Prepare an emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

  • Place vehicles under cover, if at all possible.

More info is online at


Now that hurricane season is underway, consider getting flood insurance.  Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Since inland flooding is often a problem, a direct hit from a hurricane isn’t necessary for there to be extensive damage. Get free info at or call 1-888-379-9531. Plan ahead as coverage usually takes 30 days before it goes into effect.


Families should have an emergency plan. Print out a plan or fill in your plan at or use the family and business emergency planner at


The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is available to deliver emergency preparedness presentations to community organizations and homeowners associations. If interested, contact the emergency management office at 571-350-1000, or via email at


Summertime is here … and so is the heat. Remember to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. You’ll want to drink two to four cups of water every hour when you’re exercising or working outdoors. And remember to avoid alcohol and drinks that contain a large amount of sugar.


And speaking of heat, never leave children alone in a vehicle — not even for a minute!

Some may think it’s okay to leave children in cars to run a quick errand with the window cracked open, but it is not. The Kids and Cars organization reports that since 1998, an average of 38 children die every year from vehicular heat stroke — that’s one every nine days. Let’s be vigilant this summer — actually every day of the year — and remember to look before we lock our cars to ensure we haven’t left anyone behind in the heat.


Finally, the Fairfax County NewsWire is your comprehensive county news source, offering the news that's important to you and your community. NewsWire is available in multiple formats, such as Twitter, email and RSS, for your convenience. Learn more and subscribe at And be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to the emergency information blog 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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