Fire Prevention Week Among the Topics in the Sept. 26 Health and Safety Podcast
Posted at 3:35 p.m.
On the Sept. 26 edition of the “Health and Safety” podcast, learn about Fire Prevention Week, important phone numbers, the Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, CERT training and the Public Safety Career Fair.
Listen to the podcast below.
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about Fire Prevention Week, important phone numbers, the Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, CERT training and the Public Safety Career Fair. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Since 1922, the National Fire Prevention Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9th to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, to be held Oct. 7-13, is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” It emphasizes three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire — and how to escape safely in the event of one:
- “Look” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
- “Listen” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
- “Learn” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Get more information from the National Fire Prevention Association at www.nfpa.org/fpw.
To be prepared for any emergency, you’ll want to save important phone numbers to your phone contacts so you are ready digitally before an emergency or crisis. Find the numbers you need online; just search “hotlines and emergency numbers” at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. And remember, if it’s an emergency and you need police, fire or medical help, call or text 9-1-1 immediately.
Make plans for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. An earthquake can happen at any time and in any place, including here in Northern Virginia. In August 2011, there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that was felt across the region. Be sure to prepare before an earthquake by developing a family communications, an emergency kit and a personal support team. Learn more and register to participate at www.shakeout.org/southeast. In a video on the emergency blog at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog, Courtney Arroyo of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, discusses what to do during an earthquake — drop, cover and hold on — as well as instructions for persons with disabilities, mobility issues, pregnant women, mothers with infants and others who may be at work or at home. So watch the video on the blog and then visit www.shakeout.org/southeast to learn more about the Oct. 18 earthquake drill and register your participation.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. CERT trains county residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Two new classes are offered in October. To find out more about the class dates and location, visit www.volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “CERT.” And if you are hearing this after October, no worries — classes are held regularly. Visit www.volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “CERT” for class availabilities.
Looking for an opportunity to make a positive difference in the community? Bored working a 9 to 5 job and want a rewarding career? Then join our public safety partners on Saturday, Oct. 20, to learn more about public safety career opportunities within Fairfax County. The Public Safety Career Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Parkway. More details are on the Fire and Rescue blog at https://ffxfirerescue.wordpress.com/.
Finally, Fairfax County’s free alert system sends you important information during an emergency, helps you navigate your commute and shares community information. You also can customize your Fairfax Alerts to receive the information pertinent to you. Don’t miss this important information! Sign up today for Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.
That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.