Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Nov. 13, 2013


Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about preventing kitchen fires, winter weather preparedness, the emergency information blog and Fairfax County Government Radio. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

A recent townhouse fire in the Vienna area of Fairfax County was caused by unattended food on the stove. Some kitchen tips from the Fire and Rescue Department can help keep you safe:

  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.

  • Wear short or tight fitting sleeves when cooking. Long loose sleeves are more likely to catch on fire or get caught on pot handles.

  • Keep things that can catch fire such as dish towels, curtains or paper at least 3 feet away from the stove.

  • Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

  • Turn pot handles inward, facing the wall to prevent burns caused by overturning or spills.

  • Use pot holders or oven mitts to prevent burns when handling hot dishes.

  • Regularly clean your cooking equipment so there are no cooking materials, food items or grease accumulations.

  • Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool.

  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Have the oven serviced before you use it again.

Learn more life safety information from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department online at


Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia is Dec. 1-7. One of the primary concerns is winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold also can immobilize an entire region. The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. People die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes. As winter approaches, add or update supplies in your emergency kit. Add rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways and sand to improve traction. Have snow shovels and other snow removal equipment on hand. More tips can be found online at, and


When winter weather — or other extreme weather situations affect Fairfax County — be sure to get the latest preparedness information and life safety news on the county’s emergency information blog. Visit and sign up – for free – to receive each update by email so you won’t miss any important information.


Fairfax County is also pleased to announce a new tool that will help during emergencies. It’s Fairfax County Government Radio and can be heard at Providing Fairfax County news and information 24/ 7, Fairfax County Government Radio will also provide critical news updates during emergencies. Be sure to keep your mobile devices charged — and keep a charger in your car in case you lose power in your home so you can stay connected.


Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsWire keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. Subscribe today 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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