Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: June 7, 2017



 

Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about a senior health and safety seminar upcoming at the end of June, how to make an emergency plan, Fight the Bite Awareness Month, fireworks and summer heat safety. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck invites you to attend a senior health and safety seminar on Friday, June 30, from 9 a.m. until noon. The summit will be held at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Mount Vernon. Presentations will be given by representatives of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Police Department, Sheriff's Office, Department of Public Safety Communications -- the county's 9-1-1 Center, Health Department, Department of Family Services and the Department of Cable and Consumer Services. Learn about Project Lifesaver, the File of Life and Yellow Dot programs, mosquito and tick bite prevention, how to defend yourself from scams and frauds and more. For more information, call the Mount Vernon District Supervisors Office at 703-780-7518 or the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department at 703-246-3801.

 

We all know we need an emergency plan, but how many of us have actually written one? It sounds complicated, time consuming and frankly, just too difficult to do right? Well ReadyNOVA.org takes all the excuses away. On this website you’ll learn how to make a family emergency plan – as well as emergency plans for your business and house of worship – quickly, easily and for free. Make your plan today at www.ReadyNOVA.org.

 

The county’s Board of Supervisors declared June Fight the Bite Awareness Month, which is a good opportunity to remember that mosquitoes and the diseases they carry can have serious impacts on human health. Not only is West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in our area every year, but anyone traveling to areas where Zika virus is active are at risk for returning home infected with the virus that is associated with serious birth defects and other problems in pregnancy. Learn how to control mosquito populations around your home and what to wear to limit your exposure at the Health Department’s Fight the Bite! Webpage – www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fightthebite. To request a Health Department representative to give a brief overview of mosquito control to your homeowner or condo association, call 703-246-8428 or email HDZIKA@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

The Fourth of July would not be the same without a spectacular fireworks display. Unfortunately, fireworks can turn a holiday into a tragedy within seconds when illegal and dangerous fireworks are being used. Here’s some information about fireworks and fireworks safety from our television channel 16.

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Speaking of fireworks, the summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21, at 12:24 a.m. (EDT). Due to time zones, this means the solstice falls on Tuesday, June 20, in the rest of North America. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year and marks the beginning of summer. To keep cool, and safe, during the extreme heat this summer here’s some tips to keep in mind. First, please remember to never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.

  • Drink plenty of fluids: Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink water even if you don't feel thirsty. Do not drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages because they dehydrate the body.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activities or reschedule outdoor activities for the coolest part of the day, usually the early morning.
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Sunburn makes it more difficult for your body to cool off.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which helps reflect sunlight.
  • Eat light meals, avoiding high-protein foods because they increase metabolic heat.

Learn more online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/hazards/extreme-heat.htm.

 

Finally, get emergency preparedness information and emergency news by email. Sign up for email updates from the emergency information blog at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog.

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 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.

 


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