Health and Safety Podcast: Dec. 1, 2010

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Learn about cooking safety, keeping your family safe around holiday decorations, the Atlantic hurricane season and alternative heating sources.

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Health and Safety Podcast: Dec. 1, 2010

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />Dec. 1, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />Cooking safety.<br />Keeping your family safe around holiday decorations.<br />Atlantic hurricane season.<br />Alternative heating sources.<br />
  3. 3. Cooking Safety<br />Cooking equipment – most often a range or stovetop – is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.<br />Whether you are cooking a holiday dinner or a snack for the children, practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe.<br />
  4. 4. Holiday Decorations<br />If you’re putting up a holiday tree, do not place your tree close to a heat source.<br />Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. <br />Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. <br />
  5. 5. Holiday Decorations<br />Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. <br />More information is online at the U.S. Fire Administration website, www.usfa.dhs.gov.<br />
  6. 6. Atlantic Hurricane Season<br />The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended Nov. 30, was one of the busiest on record.<br />In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed – tied for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes – tied for second highest on record.  <br />
  7. 7. Atlantic Hurricane Season<br />Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, ranging from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, to events such as power outages. <br />If you haven’t taken the steps yet to be prepared, visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov to learn more.<br />
  8. 8. Alternate Heating Sources<br />Keep at least 3 feet of clearance between your heat source and anything combustible. <br />Do not keep or store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source. <br />
  9. 9. Alternate Heating Sources<br />Never leave a heater on when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep, and never leave children or pets unattended near heating sources. <br />If you use an electric heater, be careful not to overload the electrical circuit.<br />Avoid electrical heaters in bathrooms as they may come in contact with water.<br />
  10. 10. Alternate Heating Sources<br />Only use heaters that have been tested to the latest safety standards and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). These heaters will have the most up-to-date safety features, such as automatic shut-offs. <br />
  11. 11. Alternate Heating Sources<br />Do not use a range or oven as an alternate heating source.<br />Do not use fuel-burning appliances without the proper room ventilation.<br />Never fill a kerosene heater while it is in operation or hot. Avoid overfilling.<br />
  12. 12. Additional Information<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency<br />9-1-1 – Emergency police, fire, medical.<br />703-691-2131 – Non-emergency.<br />

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