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Health and Safety Podcast: Aug. 11, 2010

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Learn about summertime injuries, summer heat, volunteering for an emergency exercise and immunizations.

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Health and Safety Podcast: Aug. 11, 2010

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast Aug. 11, 2010
  2. 2. Topics Aug. 11, 2010:  Summertime injuries.  Summer heat.  Volunteering for an emergency exercise.  Immunizations
  3. 3. Summertime Injuries Falls, bicycle crashes, burns, motorized vehicle accidents and near-drownings are the leading causes of hospitalization for children during the summer.
  4. 4. Summertime Injuries  Children should always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, use hand signals and walk the bicycle across busy streets and intersections.  Parents should make sure the bike's seat and handlebars fit the child.
  5. 5. Summertime Injuries  Keep hot foods and beverages away from the edges of tables or countertops.  Supervise older children when they're using fireworks or near a campfire.
  6. 6. Summertime Injuries  Many children are attracted to motorized vehicles such as cars, scooters, golf carts and ATVs.  Parental supervision is the key to preventing injuries.
  7. 7. Summertime Injuries  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.
  8. 8. Summer Heat  Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S.  National Weather Service data shows that heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
  9. 9. Summer Heat  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. www.weather.gov
  10. 10. Emergency Exercise  Fairfax County residents are needed Saturday, Sept. 25, to act as mock emergency volunteers.  Volunteer Fairfax, the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and the Fairfax County Health Department will be testing Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) plans.
  11. 11. Emergency Exercise  No prior training is needed.  There are no physical limitations prohibiting participation.  Time commitment will not last the length of the exercise.  If you are interested in acting as a volunteer, e-mail Volunteer Fairfax at ERexercise@volunteerfairfax.org.
  12. 12. Immunizations  Review children’s immunization records to ensure they are up-to-date before school begins.  A certificate of immunization is required for children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and new students transferring into Fairfax County Public Schools.
  13. 13. Immunizations  Required school immunizations are available through your health provider or one of the five Health Department clinics.  In addition to regular hours, the Health Department has extended clinic hours on Aug. 24, Aug. 31, Sept. 3 and Sept. 7. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd
  14. 14. Additional Information  www.fairfaxcounty.gov  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency  9-1-1 – Emergency police, fire, medical.  703-691-2131 – Non-emergency.

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