Health and Safety Podcast: Oct. 6, 2010

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Learn about Fire Prevention Week, domestic violence and animal cruelty, flu season and the LawFit Challenge.

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Health and Safety Podcast: Oct. 6, 2010

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />Oct. 6, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />Oct. 6, 2010:<br />Fire Prevention Week.<br />Domestic violence and animal cruelty.<br />Flu season.<br />LawFitChallenge. <br />
  3. 3. Fire Prevention Week<br />“Smoke Alarms:<br />A Sound You Can Live With!”<br />Oct. 3-9: Fire Prevention Week. <br />Week stresses the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take steps to update and maintain their home smoke alarm. <br />
  4. 4. Fire Prevention Week<br />Fire Prevention Week Open House, Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Fairfax County fire stations. <br />Nearly 3,000 people die in home fires each year.<br />Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working alarms.<br />
  5. 5. Fire Prevention Week<br />In 23 percent of home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound. <br />To learn more about fire prevention, visit www.firepreventionweek.org or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr. <br />
  6. 6. K-9 Krawl5K<br />Dog walk to increase awareness of domestic violence and the link to animal cruelty.<br />Saturday, Oct. 16. Check in at 8:30 a.m.; walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. <br />Call 703-814-7009 to register.<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/<br />
  7. 7. Flu Season Is Here<br />An annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.<br />Flu vaccine is available now in some local pharmacies. The cost may vary. <br />The Fairfax County Health Department will also have flu vaccine available by the end of October in its five district offices. <br />
  8. 8. Flu Season Is Here<br />Although the World Health Organization has officially declared an end to the H1N1 pandemic, this does not mean that the H1N1 virus has gone away.<br />Flu is a serious illness that can make even healthy children and adults sick. <br />
  9. 9. Flu Season Is Here<br />Who should get a vaccination:<br />Everyone over six months of age, especially people who are at high risk such as young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older. <br />
  10. 10. Flu Season Is Here<br />Follow these steps year-round to prevent the spread of germs:<br />Wash your hands with soap and water often throughout the day.<br />Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, not your hands.<br />Stay home from work or school when sick to avoid infecting others.<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/flu<br />
  11. 11. LawFitChallenge<br />Oct. 14-16 at George Mason University<br />Several Fairfax County Sheriff’s deputies will participate.<br />Participants from all over the country compete in bench press, sit-ups, sit and reach, pull-ups, push-ups, a run and a work performance test.<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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