Safety First

Safety First with Hellen Highwater helps Lexingtonians prevent and prepare for emergencies with a minimum of anxiety and stress. A disaster preparedness enthusiast, Hellen takes a lighthearted approach to serious situations. Each week she’ll interview local experts, getting safety advice on everything from air travel to the zombie apocalypse. It’s news you can use to keep your family healthy and safe.

 

 

PODCAST EPISODES

Episode 40: Radon Revisited & Zika Virus in Florida

After the recent lung-cancer death of a non-smoking friend, Hellen wants to make sure you hear the interview with Henry Slack of the EPA and Brandon Schoeck of the Lexington Health Department about testing for radon. Jessica Cobb , also of the Lexington Health Department, updates a prior interview on Zika.

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Episode 39: Restaurant Inspections & Hearing Safety

Matt Yarnell of the Lexington Health Department shares what restaurant inspectors look for, how this protects us, and professional tips you can use at home, and Jim Spencer, discusses the dangers of loud sound and how to protect yourself against preventable hearing loss.

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Episode 38: The Green Dot Program

Meredith Swim, Lexington Green Dot Community Coordinator, explains that saying no to violence is always the right decision, and that you can learn ways to say no in a way that works best for you.

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Episode 37: Back to School Vaccinations

Jill Keyes, School Health Team Leader at the Lexington Health Department, tells us why immunizations are a low risk, effective way to keep everyone healthy.

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Episode 36: The National Safe Place Program

Shantel Stevenson, Youth Services Coordinator for Arbor Youth Services, talked with Hellen about how vulnerable young people can get connected to professional assistance within minutes.

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Episode 35: Gun Safety

Officer Bige Towery of the Lexington Police Department Community Services office gives us important resources and actionable information about staying safe in a nation with the highest gun ownership rate in the world.

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Episode 34: Summer Food Safety

Dan Wu, a chef and Lexington Community Radio host, tells us how to prepare, hold, and serve food properly, so that we can avoid contamination.

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Episode 33: Hot Fun in the Summertime

Firefighter Kyle Branham with the Lexington Fire Department Office of Public Education and Community Services talks with Hellen about heat-related illnesses.

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Episode 32: Summer Water Safety

Keith Cunningham, a veteran safety instructor for the American Red Cross and lifelong lifeguard, talks about training for keeping each other, especially kids, safe in the water.

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Episode 31: Public Transit & The Danger of Inland Hurricanes

Carrie Butler and Jill Barnett at Lextran discuss their new operations center.

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Episode 29: Zika Awareness Campaign & Protecting Your Hearing

Luke Mathis, Team Leader for Environmental Health, describes the efforts of the Lexington Health Department to raise Zika awareness. Audio guy James Willard Spencer discusses hearing protection for Better Hearing Month.

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Episode 28: Opioid Addiction: An Integrated Approach to Prevention and Treatment

Sharon Tankersley of the Bluegrass Prevention Center discusses  programs to educate kids, adults, and especially families to make them more resilient—boosting our immunity to the disease of addiction.

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Episode 27: Needle Exchange Program

Kevin Hall, Communications Director for the Lexington Health Department, explains why Lexington’s new needle exchange program is at the very heart of public health.

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Episode 26: Bicycle Safety Month

Keith Lovan, senior engineer with the City of Lexington’s Planning Department, talks about laws affecting drivers and cyclists and new features going into our urban landscape.

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Episode 25: 100 Hands: Improving Public Safety in Douglass Park

Lexington Police Department Commander Brian Maynard and Melissa Moore Murphy of the City’s Legal Department tell how they are helping reclaim Douglass Park.

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Episode 24: Insuring Against Disasters

Wallace Barber, a State Farm insurance agent here in Lexington, talks with us about how insurance–ensuring financial safety– in case of a natural disaster or the loss of a loved one is an important part of your emergency preparedness.

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Episode 23: First Aid Training

Keith Cunningham is a former Army medic and veteran first aid instructor for the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Episode 22: Art Safety

We talk safety around hazardous materials and heavy equipment with Lexington artist Blake Eames and sculptor Christopher Weed.

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Episode 21: Severe Spring Weather

Tim Brandewie, planning director for the Lexington-Fayette Department of Emergency Weather, briefs us on the special hazards of volatile spring weather, especially in Fayette County, and how to prepare yourself and your family.

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Episode 19: Bluegrass Stockyards Fire

Helen looks into the Lexington Stockyard fire that happened on January 30. Battalion Chief Greg Bare joins her to discuss how firefighters keep themselves and us safe.

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Episode 18: Heart Health

February is heart month. Join Helen as she dives in and discusses heart health.

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Episode 17: Senior Citizen Safety

February is National Senior Independence Month so Hellen is joined by Maurice Smart from the University of Kentucky Center Of Aging and they discuss senior citizen safety; what to look for and how to help.

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Episode 16: Super Bowl Sunday

This episode, Hellen talks about safety in places of mass gatherings. She is joined by manager of security at the Lexington Center, David Harold, and Sgt. Ronald Keaton of the Lexington Police Department.

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Episode 15: Emergency Kit Confidential

On this episode Hellen dives into how to make an emergency kit. Everything you should have to be prepared in case of an emergency.

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Episode 14: The Disasters We Can’t See

January is National Radon Action Month so Hellen takes a look at radon and other pollutants; the risks, exposure, and what to do about it.

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Episode 13: Department of Emergency Management

Hellen is joined by Chief Information Officer at the Division of Emergency Management and member of the Lexington Community Radio Steering Committee, John Bobel, to discuss how to keep our homes safe from weather and human error.

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Episode 12: Teen Driving Safety

We are joined by Larry Roberts the Fayette County Attorney, Larry Roberts built a defensive driving class to help adolescent drivers.

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Episode 11: Cold Weather Preparedness

We have Susan Launcho who runs the External Affairs of Kentucky American Water. She discusses the problem of frozen water and how to avoid bursting frozen pipes. Afterwards we have some holiday news you can use.

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Episode 10: Car Seat Safety

We are joined by Susan pollack M.D., the Director of The Pediatric and Adolescent Prevention Center, with the big topic of car seats.

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Episode 9: Holiday Season Safety

We are joined by Bige Towery of Lexington Police Department to discuss how to avoid burglary over the holidays.

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Episode 8: Flu Season

We are joined by Lois Paris, the public health manager at The Lexington Health Department. We will be talking about the progress of the flu, avoidance, what to do if you get sick.

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Episode 7: Preparing for The Holidays and Safe Travels

On this episode Hellen continues to talk about getting ready for the holidays with Firefighter Greg Gerton, discusses with Amy Caudill at Bluegrass Airport about almost hassle-free travel, and common anxieties we have on the ground and in the air.

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Episode 5: Getting Winter-Ready

Hellen is joined by Firefighter Greg Gerton and Auto Repair Expert Chris Kabitsky to discuss getting your home and your car ready to winter and some things you may want to have in a safety kit for you vehicle.

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Episode 4: Flu Prevention and Bicycle Safety

In this episode Helen talks about Flu Prevention with guest Dr. Donna Grigsby at UK Medical Center, discusses Bicycle Safety Week with John Baumstark from Pedal Power Bike Shop, and has a story of her own to tell.

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Episode 2: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Donna Grisgby at the UK Medical Center about sudden infant death syndrome.

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