Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Oct. 20, 2009
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for Oct. 20, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about safe driving this deer season, two home heating programs administered by the county and crime prevention month. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Fairfax County Police Department urges motorists to be on the lookout for deer while traveling the roadways this fall. Studies show that nearly one in every 136 Virginia drivers will be involved in a deer-related crash during the next 12 months. In Fairfax County, 45 percent of all deer collisions are recorded during breeding season – October and November.
Adult deer are highly mobile. They are especially active pre-dawn to mid-morning and dusk to early evening. These periods of deer activity correspond with traveling commuters, as well as students en route to and from school.
Motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, are urged to use caution and to be vigilant watching for deer. If you see one deer, there are bound to be many more around as they typically travel in herds. If you spot a deer near the side of the road, immediately slow down. If the deer is frozen in place on the road, reduce your speed and flash your headlights.
For more information on how to handle deer encounters, smart driving and deer behavior, check www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police.
Fairfax County residents who need help to pay home heating bills or who face an emergency heating situation this winter may be able to access assistance from two federally funded programs administered locally by the county's Department of Family Services.
The Fuel Assistance program helps eligible low-income households with the costs of heating their homes, and the Crisis Assistance program helps households in emergency situations by providing primary heat security deposits and funding the repair or replacement of heating equipment.
More information, as well as a flier in English and Spanish, is available on the county Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs. If you would like copies of the flier, call 703-324-5870.
October is Crime Prevention Month and the Fairfax County Police Department is focusing on weekly themes. Crime Prevention Month will culminate in a countywide event Nov. 6. Details can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police.
Officers also encourage the public to be part of their “Write to Fight!” campaign and record the make, model and serial numbers of electronics and valuables. If those items are stolen, it is easier for the police to track the items, arrest the culprits and return the property to owners.
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.