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Next Board of Health Meeting
Tuesday, March 18, 7:30pm
Madison Civic Center
Extreme Cold Recommendations
•Go into warm locations as often as possible; limit the amount of time outside on extremely cold days
•Carry cold weather gear: extra socks, gloves, hats, jacket, blankets, a change of clothes and a thermos of hot liquid
•Put a thermometer and chemical hot packs in your first aid kit
•Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin. •Monitor your physical condition and that of your companions
For more cold information and precautions click here
Measles and Mumps Alert!
The Madison Health Department is advising residents of a recent report of six cases of measles in children and adults as well as an outbreak of 27 cases of mumps in college students in Manhattan since early 2014. Measles and mumps are both highly contagious viral illness that can cause serious medical complications.
The public is urged to be sure that all family members are up to date with measles, mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Parents should understand that a measles/mumps vaccine (MMR) is the best way to protect a child from these diseases, and is especially important if there is an outbreak in our area or if you are traveling to an area with high rates of the illnesses.
For more information on measles and mumps outbreaks, transmission, symptoms and rashes, please go to http://www.cdc.gov/.
Suspected cases of measles and mumps should be reported immediately to the Health Department.
Safe and Proper Use of Woodstoves and Fireplaces
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is reminding all New Jersey residents to be cautious this winter and have consideration for the environment and neighbors when burning wood for heat.
Wood smoke contains fine particles that can contribute to air pollution. Follow the guidelines recommended by the DEP to greatly reduce or eliminate smoke while burning wood:
- Allow wood to sit outdoors, or “season”, for at least six months before burning it. Seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain and sounds hollow when smacked against another piece of wood. The longer the wood sits in a dry place before burning, the better that the wood will burn
- Make sure the wood is dry. Wood burns most efficiently when its moisture content is below 20%. You can test this with a wood moisture meter
- Store wood, stacked neatly off the ground with the top covered to avoid rainwater
- Start fires with newspaper and dry kindling and keep them burning hot
- Regularly remove ashes to ensure proper airflow
- Do not burn garbage, cardboard, plastics, wrapping materials, painted materials or other materials
- Keep anything flammable far away from any wood-burning appliance and keep an accessible fire extinguisher nearby
Rodent Prevention Measures
Rodent activity causes damage to homes and food supplies each year. They can also spread diseases to humans directly, from bites or contaminated food, or indirectly from ticks and fleas. Take precautions and prevent rodent attraction by practicing the following measures:
Identifying Rodent Infestations:
- Notice rodent droppings near food, in drawers, or under the sink
- Find nesting material like shredded paper or plant matter
- Notice gnawing on food packages
- Find holes or entry ways into the home – rat burrows are holes in the soil approximately the size of a baseball
- Make sure all garbage is sealed properly without any spillage or overloading
- Seal openings where entry points for rodents may be located – under porches, for example
- Keep grass short and remove weeds
- Avoid throwing bird food or scraps of crackers, bread, etc. outside
- Keep bird feeders away from the house
- Clean animal feces regularly
- Store food in proper containers with tight lids
- Keep compost bins (for leaves, grass and garden material) away from the house and elevate any woodpiles at least 1 foot above the ground
New Underage Drinking Ordinance in Madison
Get more information on the underage persons private property law regarding alcohol use. Private Propery Ordinance Brochure
Learn what you should do if bear visit your neighborhood or yard!
Click here for important safety tips
Mold Awareness Information and Classes
Mold has always been a concern of residents throughout the years and now, post Sandy and Irene, the need to address the issue and educate the public is greater than ever. The New Jersey Department of Health and UMDNJ School of Public Health have worked together to provide classes throughout the State (click for flyer) for interested residents as well as a downloadable guide (click highlighted section).
Go GREEN for Cleaning your home...
Spring and summer bring nicer weather, flowers, and the feeling of renewed energy...Many times it also brings the desire to clean up and clean out. Click to download a Easy, Green Guide to Spring Cleaning and for some basic household Spring Cleaning Tips....
2014 Animal Census for Licensed Dogs and Cats now!
Please click here to read an important reminder from the Madison Health Department on the Animal Census to be conducted over the summer and potential fines for any unlicensed animals.
Public Health – Great Return on Investment
Supporting investment in evidence-based public health programs will result in healthier communities and reduced cost in treating diseases. Investing just $10 per person each year in community-based public health activities could save more than $16 billion within five years. Many lives are saved thanks to vaccines and investments in public health systems coincide with improvements in health, especially in children’s health.
Good health doesn’t happen by chance. Good health is shaped and nurtured — it’s connected to the environments in which we live, work and play. Public health has a role in all of our lives. It’s tied to the resources available in our communities; and research shows that it’s undoubtedly linked to a person’s access to health care. These are the intersections where you find public health and prevention.
Click here to go to blog on the value of public health to our communities.
Click here to see a video on Public Health's Return on your Investment.
Annual Report of the Madison Health Department
The Madison Health Department has released it's 2012 Annual Report. Anyone interested in viewing it can click here.
Immunization Clinics for underinsured or uninsured children:
2nd Tuesday of each month by appointment only. Call 973-593-3079x9
Check out MAASA
The Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse, is a community-based coalition dedicated to preventing and reducing the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. They have a special focus on children and adolescents and it is our goal to promote a drug and alcohol-free environment for them and to encourage responsible use by adults. The always enjoy public input and participation. To learn more about MAASA click on their webpage: http://www.maasa.org/maasa/, follow them on twitter @maasa_online, and/or like them on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/MadisonAllianceAddressingSubstanceAbuse?fref=ts
Preparing for Emergencies:
Check out the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services website for what you can do to prepare your home and family for an emergency situation. Click the link below to learn how to make an emergency plan, get an emergency kit, stay safe from infectious diseases, prepare for severe weather events like hurricanes and extreme heat and much more.
Public Health Alerts
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