Archive for July, 2014

Manassas Senior Center August Newsletter

Manassas Senior Center Aug Newsletter

For those interested, here is our Manssas Senior Center August Newsletter featuring events and news for our Senior Citizens.

 

Attention Coles District Seniors!

Please Watch This Video prepared by our Prince William Area Agency on Aging.

Rollins Ford Road to Open to the Public on July 15

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to open Rollins Ford Road on Tuesday, July 15 at 9 a.m. The event will be held on Rollins Ford Road in front of the site for the Rollins Ford Community Park, close to the intersection with Vint Hill Road. Following the ceremony, the road will be open to the public.

The Rollins Ford Road Improvement Project is part of the 2006 Bond Referendum and consists of the widening of Rollins Ford Road to a four-lane divided roadway from Vint Hill Road to the intersection of Song Sparrow Drive and Yellow Hammer Drive. This project also includes the construction of two 365-feet bridges spanning Broad Run, the construction of northbound lanes on Rollins Ford Road from Yellow Hammer Drive to Estate Manor Drive, the widening and reconstruction of a section of Vint Hill Road, and site preparation at the future site of the Rollins Ford Community Park.

The project was administered by Prince William County’s Department of Transportation in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation. The project was designed by RGA and awarded to Shirley LLC for construction.

For more information about transportation projects in the County, please visit www.pwcgov.org/transportation. For more information about the ribbon cutting, please contact the Communications Office at 703-792-6606.

Independence Day Fireworks can Terrify Your Pets

July 5th can be a busy day at the Prince William County Animal Shelter. Companion animals that fled in fright during fireworks displays on July 4th sometimes are found miles from home, disoriented and exhausted. Anxious families find themselves searching their neighborhoods and the Shelter looking for their four-legged family members whose fears drove them to jump fences or break leashes and leads.

If your pet is upset by thunder or other loud noises, 4th of July fireworks can really stir its noise phobia. We recommend taking these precautions:

  • Your pets won’t enjoy the fireworks display, so leave them at home. Keep them inside, shielded from loud noises and high temperatures.
  • If loud noises upset your pets, do not leave them alone while you are out celebrating. Make sure someone can stay with them.
  • If you think your pets should be tranquilized, consult your veterinarian before the 4th.
  • Contact an animal behaviorist to work with your pets on their fears. With some positive reinforcement and behavior modification training, by Independence Day of 2015 you and your pet may enjoy freedom from worry!

Should you need to look for your companion animal or livestock, start with a call or a visit to the Animal Shelter. The Shelter is operated by the Prince William County Police Department and is located at 14807 Bristow Road (off Route 234 across from the Prince William County Landfill). Call 703-792-6465 for information on the Shelter’s hours of operation.

“No Firework is a Good Firework! Leave Fireworks to the Professionals!”

Each year, locally and across the country, people of all ages are injured by fireworks – both legal and illegal. As a matter of fact, 89% of the fireworks injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to use. Thus, “No Firework is a Good Firework! Leave Fireworks to the Professionals!”

Fire officials from the Washington Metropolitan Region are encouraging people to attend professionally supervised displays on the National Mall in Washington or at a number of local shows at counties, cities, towns, parks and other venues, like Potomac National Park/Pfitzner Stadium, in our region.

Some jurisdictions allow a variety of fireworks regulated by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. Legal devices in many of the surrounding jurisdictions include cones, sparklers, sparkling devices and novelties. Illegal fireworks include Roman candles, skyrockets, aerial shells with mortars and firecrackers (Check with your locality). In some local areas, such as Montgomery County (MD), Prince George’s County (MD) and the City of Alexandria (VA), all fireworks are prohibited.

Some interesting statistics:

In 2011

  • U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks-related injuries.
  • Over half (54%) of the fireworks injuries were burns, while one-quarter (23%) were contusions and lacerations.
  • One quarter (26%) people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
  • Males accounted for two-thirds (68%) of the injuries.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19 and adults 25-44.
  • Sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for 34% of the emergency room fireworks injuries.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public displays. But if fireworks are legal in your area, and you wish to use them, below are some safety guidelines to follow:

  • Always read all warnings and instructions.
  • Only approved fireworks may be discharged.
  • Do not permit young children to handle or light fireworks. (Sparklers can reach a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Prior to igniting fireworks, place them on a flat surface, clear of any combustible material and clear of all buildings.
  • Never ignite fireworks while holding them.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not functioned properly.
  • The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.