Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: June 25, 2014


Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about garage fires, summer and extreme heat, Fairfax Alerts, hurricane season, the World Police and Fire Games and getting informational updates from the emergency blog and Fairfax County Government Radio. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Did you know that garage fires tend to spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar loss per fire than fires that start in all other areas of the home. Learn more from the U.S. Fire Administration at


Summer has begun and that means hot weather. With high temperatures there is an increased risk of heat-related illness for those without air conditioning or those outdoors for an extended period. During extremely hot days, there is plenty that you can do to stay cool, like go to a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of Fairfax County’s Cooling Centers – libraries, community centers and the Fairfax County Government Center. Please check the operating hours to ensure the facility is open before arriving. Remember — resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. To help prevent heat illness, remember to drink water often, take frequent breaks and limit time in the heat. And please remember — never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle! Get more on heat safety at That’s


Fairfax Alerts – Fairfax County’s new and improved alerting system – is live. Fairfax Alerts allows you to receive traffic updates, emergency alerts and county government notifications. And you have the ability to choose automatic weather notifications for up to five geo-targeted locations; set quiet periods for chosen weather alerts when you won’t receive any messages; add up to 10 ways to get alerts, such as email, cellphone, home phone and text messages; and stay in the know on the go with the mobile application, available via iPhone and Android devices. Fairfax Alerts is free, however, you may incur charges from your cellphone company if you have a per-call or per message limit on your mobile device. Sign up for Fairfax Alerts today at, because if we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.


Did you know that the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management sends out a monthly newsletter called “Emergency Preparedness”? The free electronic publication features emergency preparedness news and information. All you need is an email address. Learn more about the newsletter, including viewing back issues, at


Hurricane season started June 1. Remember to check your emergency kit from last season. Make sure that you have everything you need. Replace expired items such as food and medicine. Learn more at


While you’re online, sign up to get updates from the emergency information blog. Subscribe and you’ll be able to receive email updates whenever new information is posted online. Visit to subscribe.


The World Police and Fire Games 2015 will be held in Fairfax County next summer, June 26 through July 5, 2015. An estimated 12,000 athletes from 70 countries are expected, participating in 60 sports at over 50 venues in and around Fairfax County. For additional information on the World Police and Fire Games, visit or call 202-480-WPFG. That’s 202-480-9734.


Finally, would you like to hear the latest news and information from Fairfax County? Or would you like to listen to the current weather forecast? Well, you can just by listening to Fairfax County Government Radio online 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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