Health team gives tips to dodge mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are bothersome in and of themselves, but they can also carry diseases such as the West Nile or Zika viruses. To reduce exposure, the Prince William Health District recommends the following:

→Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

→Use insect repellent with no more than 50 percent DEET for adults or 10 percent for children. Follow instructions carefully.

→Turn over or remove containers where water might collect, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets and toys.

→Eliminate standing water in yards, on tarps and on flat roofs.

→Chlorinate or clean out birdbaths and wading pools every three to five days.

→Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of contracting Zika.

For information on West Nile virus, visit For travel advisory information, visit For questions about mosquito control spraying, call Prince William Gypsy Moth & Mosquito Control at 703-792-6279.

Hearing addresses fire system’s restructuring

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will host a public hearing 2 p.m. Tuesday on the adoption of a new ordinance to restructure the county’s fire and rescue system.

Following a board directive from January 2016, a steering committee was created that comprised the Prince William County executive; the Department of Fire and Rescue chief and deputy chief; a fire department assistant chief; and chiefs from the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton, Yorkshire and Dale City volunteer fire and rescue companies.

The committee drafted an ordinance outlining the roles of a system chief, an executive committee, and a budget advisory and financial planning committee, according to a news release. The draft ordinance provides a process for streamlined decision-making and establishes a system chief who reports to the county executive, as well as an executive committee comprising three volunteer chiefs, elected by all of the volunteer chiefs from across the county; an operational medical director; a fire department deputy chief; and two department assistant chiefs.

The executive committee is to act in an advisory capacity to the system chief with regard to policies, strategic planning, finances, audits, training requirements, discipline and other duties assigned by the system chief.

For information, visit

Mend-a-House seeks weekend volunteers

Project Mend-a-House is looking for volunteers for a new weekend program.

For information or to volunteer, call Jhenny Michalek at 703-792-7663 or visit

— Compiled by Sarah Lane