Health and Safety Podcast: Oct. 20, 2010


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Learn about the wildland fire season in Virginia, winter car maintenance, candle safety and the Office of Emergency Management emergency preparedness newsletter.

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Health and Safety Podcast: Oct. 20, 2010

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />Oct. 20, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />Wildlandfire.<br />Cold weather car maintenance.<br />Candle safety.<br />Emergency Preparedness newsletter.<br />
  3. 3. WildlandFire<br />Wildlandfire season inVirginia began Oct. 15; continues through Nov. 30.<br />More than 95 percent ofVirginia’s wildlandfiresare preventable.<br />
  4. 4. WildlandFire<br />Fall and spring seasons are when the risk of a fire escaping is greatest.<br />In addition to taking safety precautions to prevent a campfire or hot ashes from a woodstove or fireplace from escaping and becoming a wildland fire, motorists also should avoid parking their vehicles in piles of dry leaves. <br />
  5. 5. WildlandFire<br />Clear roof and gutters of leaves, pine needles and any branches. <br />Stack firewood 30 feet from the house. <br />Rake dead leaves and clear dead branches from around the house. <br />
  6. 6. WildlandFire<br /><br />Rake dead leaves, pine needles and small branches away from gas and propane tanks. <br />Trim all tree branches if they overhang your house and all tree branches from within 20 feet of all chimneys. <br />Put a hose – 100 feet or longer– on a rack and attach it to an outside faucet. <br />
  7. 7. Car Maintenance<br />Make sure your car is set for winter. <br />Your checklist should include antifreeze, windshield wiper blades and tire treads.<br />Review how to jump-start a car with a dead battery.<br />
  8. 8. Car Maintenance<br />Make sure your car is set for winter. <br />Put on a coat of wax to protect the finish from sand and salt. A well-maintained car not only looks and runs better, it can actually prevent accidents.<br />
  9. 9. Car Maintenance<br />Make sure your car is set for winter. <br />Each year, there are more than 37,000 fatal highway accidents, almost 60 percent involving one vehicle. Experts say poor maintenance contributes to many of these accidents. <br />Get more online from the U.S. Census Bureau at<br />
  10. 10. Candle Safety<br />Fairfax County Fire and Rescue<br />Department candle safety tips:<br />Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.<br />Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface. <br />
  11. 11. Candle Safety<br />Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.<br />Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. An air draft can fan the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.<br />
  12. 12. Candle Safety<br />Keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home. <br />Always extinguish candles before leaving home.<br /><br />
  13. 13. Emergency Prep Newsletter<br />The October edition of the emergency preparedness newsletter, produced by the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is now available online.<br />Available as a PDF and screen reader accessible Word document.<br />Visit for the newsletter. Call 571-350-1000 for more.<br />
  14. 14. Additional Information<br /><br /><br />9-1-1 – Emergency police, fire, medical.<br />703-691-2131 – Non-emergency.<br />