Know The Symptoms Of Heat-Related Illness

It is going to be HOT today and through the rest of this work week. These conditions are potentially dangerous and it is important that county residents know the warning signs and symptoms of heat illness and the appropriate responses.

If possible, when temperatures soar, stay indoors!

Below is an info-graphic from our friends at the National Weather Service. An accessible version can be found HERE: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat-illness.shtml

Heat_Illness

Neighbor Helping Neighbor – Free Training In Basic Disaster Response Skills

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program administered through the auspices of the county fire and rescue department. The training prepares residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, residents can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and Free training in disaster response. CERT Trainingrescue, and disaster medical operations.

At this time, the next available CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 24 at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays that run until May 17. The class is 28 hours in length, plus the final practical exercise.

CERT training is free of charge and basic gear is provided. The minimum requirements to participate in CERT training at any level is that residents be 16 years of age or older, and either be a Fairfax County resident, or work in the county.

To learn more about CERT, please go here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cert/cert.htm

To sign up, please go here: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid=7D82617D-1474-4D20-AD47-FA0306D2FD42

 

Take It Slow When Shoveling Snow

Your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department encourages you to take safety precautions if you are going to shovel snow.

It is important to consider your physical limitations. Wear weather appropriate gear to keep you warm. Only shovel snow if you are physically able to do so. This snow is a wet and heavy type of snow. Remember to take it slow when shoveling snow!

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Tips via our friends at the National Weather Service.

Take It Slow When Shoveling Snow

High Wind Warning Tonight! Beware Downed Power Lines!

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for our area beginning at 11 p.m. this evening through Monday, February 13 at 6 p.m. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph are possible.

Remember: if your power goes out this evening, please use battery powered lighting and not candles.

In addition, high wind gusts can also bring downed power lines. There will more than likely be downed lines this evening through tomorrow.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants all residents to know that downed power lines can be extremely dangerous! It is especially important to understand that downed lines can energize other objects, including fences, cars/trucks, buildings, bushes and trees, and telephone/cable TV cables.

Our partners in safety at the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) have some great tips to keep you safe in the info-graphic below. Accessible tips can be found HERE.

REMEMBER! Assume all downed power lines are live and dangerous!

Beware Downed Power Lines

Beware Downed Power Lines

It has been a very windy day thus far with wind gusts as high as 45 mph. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.

Since 6 a.m. this morning, and as of 1:00 p.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units have responded to twenty-one calls for reports of downed power lines. There will more than likely be additional downed lines this afternoon and through this evening.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants all residents to know that downed power lines can be extremely dangerous! It is especially important to understand that downed lines can energize other objects, including fences, cars/trucks, buildings, bushes and trees, and telephone/cable TV cables.

Our partners in safety at the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) have some great tips to keep you safe in the infographic below. Accessible tips can be found HERE.

REMEMBER! Assume all downed power lines are live and dangerous!

Beware Downed Power Lines