Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: May 10, 2017
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m
your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about summer heat, which will be
here soon, preparing your small business and how to avoid being mosquito
meat! Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Summer and hot temperatures will be here soon! Are you ready? To keep cool during extreme heat, we encourage you to follow these guidelines. First and foremost—never, ever 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.
- Keep cool indoors: If you can, stay in an air-conditioned area. Resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses.
- Avoid strenuous physical activities or reschedule outdoor activities for the coolest part of the day, usually the early morning. Limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat.
- 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.
National Small Business Week might be over, but that’s no excuse not to take a few minutes to prepare your business for an emergency, which can happen year around. Businesses that take steps now help ensure business continuity, employee preparedness and enhance relationships throughout their community before disasters strike. Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year? Small businesses also play a critical role in a community’s recovery following a disaster. It is important to prepare now for a variety of emergencies like fires, flood, cyber threats and other disasters. Start by developing an all-hazards preparedness plan that identifies all potential hazards, addresses vulnerabilities and identifies time sensitive or critical processes and the financial and operational impacts that can result from disruption of those business processes. Employers and business owners should consider business interruption insurance that can help cover the loss of income after a disaster, which is different than property insurance that only covers physical damage to a facility or location. Ready Business can assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. For more information, visit www.ready.gov/business. You can also use the business preparedness planner from www.ReadyNOVA.org.
Don’t be mosquito meat this summer. Beat back the bloodsuckers by following this simple battle plan. First, control mosquitoes where you live. Simple steps include eliminating standing water and treating standing water with a larvicide if it cannot be eliminated. If mosquitoes are biting, consider treating your yard with an insecticide. You'll also want to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Do so by wearing an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535. Also, be sure to keep mosquitoes out of your home. NewsCenter has all the details including several helpful graphics, a rap video by a Health Department staffer singing about Zika and other mosquito-related things and a video to a Facebook Live video with Health Department staff on how to stay safe from mosquitoes this summer. You can find that and more on NewsCenter at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You also can get more mosquito information on how to not be mosquito meat this summer from the Health Department online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fightthebite.
Finally, stay informed during emergencies and severe weather events on 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.