Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Feb. 10, 2009
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for Feb. 10, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about the Salmonella outbreak, how to stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning, and how you can get involved with the Child Passenger Safety Team. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collaborating with public health officials in many states including Virginia, the USDA-Food Safety Inspection Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate an ongoing multi-state Salmonella outbreak.
Based on available information, CDC and FDA recommendations include:
- Do not eat products that have been recalled and throw them away in a manner that prevents others from eating them. The peanut butter recall includes many products; visit the FDA search page to check if foods you may be concerned about are on the recall list.
- Postpone eating other peanut butter containing products (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream) until more information becomes available about which brands may be affected.
- And if you become ill from eating peanut butter, consult your health provider immediately.
If you have further questions or concerns, contact the Fairfax County Health Department’s Food Safety office at 703-246-2444. Additional information is available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd.
Carbon monoxide – or CO – is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engine-powered equipment such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers and power washers also produce CO. The initial symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu, and include dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea and irregular breathing. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can cause death.
To prevent CO poisoning, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends using gasoline-powered generators outdoors and away from air intakes.
- Never burn charcoal inside a home, garage, vehicle or tent.
- Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
- Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers to heat your home.
- Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in any room where people are sleeping.
And you’ll want to have your heating system professionally inspected and serviced annually to ensure proper operation. The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, partial and complete disconnections, and loose connections.
And finally, protect your Valentine and all those you love year round – become a volunteer with the Child Passenger Safety Team. Volunteers attend a mandatory training session at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy and learn all they need to know to inspect children’s safety seats, booster seats, belts and harnesses. They work side-by-side with sworn officers and traffic safety experts to become certified in child passenger safety seat inspection. Call 703-280-0567 or 703-280-0524 for more details.
That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia 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.