Health and Safety Podcast: Feb. 23, 2011


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Learn about an award for a local search and rescue team, fire safety for children and cooking safety tips.

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Health and Safety Podcast: Feb. 23, 2011

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />Feb. 23, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />An award for Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1).<br />Fire safety for children.<br />Cooking safety tips.<br />
  3. 3. Virginia Task Force 1<br />The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) recently selected Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) to receive the America Secure Award in recognition of its contributions in making the United States a more secure and prosperous nation.<br />
  4. 4. Virginia Task Force 1<br />Virginia Task Force 1 – based here in Fairfax County – deployed two urban search and rescue teams to Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake near Port-au-Prince. They assisted in the rescue of 16 people during their 14-day deployment.<br />
  5. 5. Virginia Task Force 1<br />For over 20 years, VATF-1 has deployed throughout the United States and internationally to manmade and natural disasters, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the Pentagon, Hurricanes Katrina and Isabel, the bombing in Kenya, and earthquakes in Turkey, Taiwan and Iran.<br />
  6. 6. Virginia Task Force 1<br />VATF-1 is under the sponsorship of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).<br />USAID pays for all costs andexpenses incurred by VATF-1when members are activatedor undergo training.<br />
  7. 7. Fire Safety for Children<br />With home fires on the rise in winter months, a new study shows that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires.<br />
  8. 8. Fire Safety for Children<br />FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration report on the risks fires pose to children found that young children face the greatest risk of death or serious injury in home fires; 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involving children under age 4. <br />For more information, visit<br />
  9. 9. Cooking Safety<br />Wear short, close fitting or tightlyrolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.<br />Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.<br />
  10. 10. Cooking Safety<br />Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.<br />Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. <br />
  11. 11. Cooking Safety<br />Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool.<br />
  12. 12. Cooking Safety<br />If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Have the oven serviced before you use it again.<br />Additional fire safety information: <br />
  13. 13. Additional Information<br /><br /><br />9-1-1 – Emergency police, fire, medical.<br />703-691-2131 – Non-emergency.<br />