Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Feb. 19, 2014



Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about recognitions for several Fairfax County fire and rescue personnel, how to properly dispose of smoking materials, the upcoming statewide tornado drill and how to stay informed during emergencies. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


The Virginia Department of Fire Programs recently announced the Governor's Fire Service Award recipients for 2013. And four of the eight recipients are from Fairfax County. All recipients will be honored during the opening ceremonies of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Fire and Rescue Conference in late February. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Fire Programs website at Congratulations to Fairfax County’s award winners.


Speaking of the Fire and Rescue Department, here’s some life safety information about properly discarding smoking materials.

  • First, be sure to completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.

  • Never smoke in bed.

  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers and empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.

  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn like mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture and draperies.

  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.

  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.

  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.

  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.

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


It seems we’ve had a lot of snow this winter, and the season isn’t over yet. Have you updated your emergency supplies? Many times during inclement weather, emergency supplies get used – after all, that’s why we have them. But following those events, we often forget to update our emergency kits. Take a few minutes right now and check your emergency supplies – at home, in your office and in your car. Learn more about assembling and updating your emergency kit at And if you need additional information about emergency preparedness, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, or by email at


More than 236,000 Virginians will participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill, March 11 at 9:45 a.m. With at least three tornadoes EF-O tornadoes in Virginia recently, there’s no better time to practice tornado safety. Register today at to participate in the March 11 drill.


Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsWire keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community on a daily basis. You can subscribe at


During emergencies and severe weather events, you’ll also want to make sure that you are subscribed to the emergency information blog. You can get updated by either RSS or email. Visit to subscribe and stay informed.


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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