Aug. 11, 2010:
Volunteering for an emergency exercise.
Falls, bicycle crashes, burns, motorized
vehicle accidents and near-drownings
are the leading causes of hospitalization
for children during
Children should always wear a helmet
when riding a bicycle, use hand signals
and walk the bicycle
across busy streets
Parents should make
sure the bike's seat and handlebars fit
Keep hot foods and
beverages away from
the edges of tables or
Supervise older children
when they're using
fireworks or near a
Many children are attracted
to motorized vehicles such
as cars, scooters, golf carts
Parental supervision is the key to
Drownings and near-drownings can
occur in just a few inches of water.
– Parents should always practice touch
supervision, meaning they need to be close
enough to reach out to a child at any time.
– Children should always wear an approved
flotation device when in a pool.
– Parents should be certified in CPR.
Heat is the number
killer in the U.S.
Service data shows that heat causes
more fatalities per year than floods,
lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes
Never leave your child unattended in a
vehicle, even with the windows down.
Make sure your child's safety seat and
safety belt buckles aren't too hot
before securing your child in a safety
restraint system, especially when your
car has been parked in the heat.
Fairfax County residents are needed
Saturday, Sept. 25, to act as mock
Volunteer Fairfax, the Fairfax County
Office of Emergency Management and
the Fairfax County Health Department
will be testing Volunteer Reception
Center (VRC) plans.
No prior training is needed.
There are no physical limitations
Time commitment will not last the
length of the exercise.
If you are interested in acting as a
volunteer, e-mail Volunteer Fairfax at
Review children’s immunization records
to ensure they are up-to-date before
A certificate of immunization is
required for children entering
kindergarten, sixth grade, and new
students transferring into Fairfax County
Required school immunizations are
available through your health provider or
one of the five Health Department
In addition to regular hours, the Health
Department has extended clinic hours on
Aug. 24, Aug. 31, Sept. 3 and Sept. 7.