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Health and Safety Podcast: May 4, 2011


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Learn about Arson Awareness Week, pertussis or whooping cough and window safety. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

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Health and Safety Podcast: May 4, 2011

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />May 4, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />May 4, 2011:<br />Arson Awareness Week.<br />Pertussis(whooping cough).<br />Window safety.<br />
  3. 3. Arson Awareness Week<br />May 1-7 is Arson Awareness Week.<br />The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reports that from 2009-2010, there were 88 reported serial arson incidents nationally with a total monetary loss of $4.8 million.  <br />
  4. 4. Arson Awareness Week<br />May 1-7 is Arson Awareness Week.<br />Arson in residential dwellings accounted for 49 percent. Intentionally set fires account for 13 percent of fires responded to by fire departments across the nation. <br />For more information, go to<br />
  5. 5. Pertussis(Whooping Cough)<br />Significant increase in Virginia and most<br />of the United States.<br />Pertussis is highly contagious and most severe in children less than one, who can suffer lung infections, seizures and in rare instances, death. <br />Infants often catch the illness from family members and other caregivers.<br />
  6. 6. Pertussis(Whooping Cough)<br />Make sure you are up to date with recommended pertussisvaccines.<br />Symptoms may include a cough lasting more than two weeks that increases in severity or that occurs in fits or spasms; coughing fits accompanied by difficulty breathing, gagging or vomiting; or a cough followed by a whooping noise.<br />
  7. 7. Pertussis(Whooping Cough)<br />Anyone with pertussis symptoms should seek medical evaluation and avoid public or group settings. <br />For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Health or contact the Fairfax County Health Department at <br />
  8. 8. Window Safety<br />Falls from windows result in an average of eight deaths yearly to children age 5 or younger; an estimated 3,300 children age 5 and younger are treated yearly in U.S. hospital emergency departments. <br />On average, one of every three children who fall from a window required hospitalization. <br />
  9. 9. Window Safety<br />Safety tips from the U.S. Consumer<br />Product Safety Commission:<br />Safeguard your children by installing window guards or window stops. <br />Install window stops so that windows open no more than 4 inches. <br />
  10. 10. Window Safety<br />Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows. <br />Whenever possible, open windows from the top – instead of the bottom. <br />Keep furniture away from windows to discourage children from climbing near windows.<br />
  11. 11. Additional Information<br /><br /><br />9-1-1 – Emergency police, fire, medical.<br />703-691-2131 – Non-emergency.<br />