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Health and Safety Podcast: July 28, 2010

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Learn some electrical safety tips, find out how to get involved in National Preparedness Month in September, and find out the differences between heat-related illnesses.

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Health and Safety Podcast: July 28, 2010

  1. 1. Health and Safety Podcast<br />July 28, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />July 28, 2010:<br />Electrical safety tips.<br />National Preparedness Month.<br />Heat-related Illnesses.<br />
  3. 3. Electrical Safety<br />Electrical safety tips from the Fairfax <br />County Fire and Rescue Department:<br />Inspect electrical cords. <br />Replace or repair loose or frayed cords.<br />Avoid overloading outlets.     <br />
  4. 4. Electrical Safety<br />If your power goes out a lot or the lights flicker, smell bad or make noise, have an electrician inspect the wiring.    <br />Electrical outlets in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together.<br />     <br />
  5. 5. Electrical Safety<br />All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “face plates.”<br />Avoid “cube taps” and other devices that allow connecting multiple appliances into a single receptacle.<br />Consider additional circuits or outlets so you do not have to use extension cords.<br />     <br />
  6. 6. Electrical Safety<br />Don’t tie or knot electrical cords.<br />Don’t let furniture sit on electrical cords.<br />Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.<br />More fire safety information is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr<br />
  7. 7. National Preparedness Month<br />September is National Preparedness Month<br />Organizations can join the National Preparedness Month Coalition – register at ready.adcouncil.org.<br />To learn more about National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov. <br />
  8. 8. Heat-related Illnesses<br />Sunburn:<br />Can cause swelling, blisters, fever and headaches.<br />Take a shower using soap to remove oils that may block pores, preventing the body from cooling naturally. <br />Apply dry, sterile dressings to blisters; if they persist, see a doctor.<br />
  9. 9. Heat-related Illnesses<br />Heat Cramps:<br />Painful spasms, usually in leg and abdominal muscles, and may be accompanied by heavy sweating. <br />
  10. 10. Heat-related Illnesses<br />Heat Exhaustion:<br />Symptoms includeheavy sweating, but skin may be cool, pale or flushed. Fainting or dizziness, weak pulse, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches may occur. <br />Sit or lie down in a cool place, loosen your clothing and sip half a glass of water every 15 minutes. <br />
  11. 11. Heat-related Illnesses<br />Heat Stroke:<br />A severe medical emergency and can be life-threatening.<br />Symptoms include a high body temperature, as much as 105 degrees; hot, red, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid shallow breathing; and possible loss of consciousness. <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 />