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Health and Safety Podcast: June 30, 2010

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Learn about pulling over for emergency vehicles, breaking the grip of the rip, swimming safety, guarding against mosquito bites and pet friendly shelters.

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Health and Safety Podcast: June 30, 2010

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />June 30, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />June 30, 2010:<br />Pulling over for emergency vehicles.<br />Breaking the “grip of the rip.”<br />Swimming safety.<br />Guarding against mosquito bites.<br />Pet friendly shelters<br />
  3. 3. Emergency Vehicles<br />Virginia law requires drivers to give <br />active emergency vehicles space. <br />Slow down and be alert.<br />If there are two or more lanes available in your direction, and it is safe to do so, move over a lane. <br />
  4. 4. Break the “Grip of the Rip”<br />Rip currents can pull swimmers away from <br />shore.<br />Check for surf zone forecasts at weather.gov. <br />Swim at a beach with lifeguard protection.<br />Look for signs and flags posted to warn about rip currents. <br />
  5. 5. Break the “Grip of the Rip”<br />Don’t swim against a rip current.<br />Swim in a direction following the shoreline until you are free.<br />If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water… when out of the current, swim towards the shore.<br />Never swim alone.<br /> <br />
  6. 6. Break the “Grip of the Rip”<br />www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov<br />
  7. 7. Swimming Safety<br />Learn to swim and teach kids to float and swim as soon as possible.<br />Children should alwaysbe supervised in andaround water.<br />Never swim alone. <br />
  8. 8. Swimming Safety<br />Foam noodles, inflatable water wings and inner tubes are toys and won’t keep a child safe in the water. <br />If you want a flotation device that will keep you or a child safe in the water, get a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket and wear it properly.<br />www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety<br />
  9. 9. Mosquito Bites<br />Turn over or remove containers in your yard where rainwater collects, such as potted plant trays, buckets or toys.<br />Empty bird baths once a week.<br />Clean roof gutters and make sure corrugated drain pipes do not hold water. <br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fightthebite<br />
  10. 10. Mosquito Bites<br />Eliminate standing water. Standing water that cannot be drained and lasts longer than a week should be treated with a mosquito larvicide.<br />Limit exposure to mosquito bites by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing and using a repellent. <br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fightthebite<br />
  11. 11. Pet Friendly Shelters<br />Pet-friendly shelters or<br />hotels may not be<br />available during an<br />emergency, so make<br />alternate housing arrangements in <br />advance. <br />emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/<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 />