A Guide to Mould

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What is mould?  Moulds are fungi, a group of organisms that also includes mushrooms and yeast. They are present everywhere in the natural environment. How does mould grow? Mould requires water or moisture and other nutrients to grow. Mould grows when materials remain wet or damp. How can mould affect you? Moulds may cause negative health effects; however, individuals can … Read More

Canning

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Canning is a method of preserving food that prevents spoiling.  It uses heat and acid to help preserve food and keep it safe for us to eat. You can preserve all types of foods. Popular choices include: tomatoes jams jellies sauces fruits chutneys relishes pickles vegetables It is also possible to can meat, fish, poultry, milk and prepared foods like … Read More

Be Spa Safe

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Are you planning a visit to the spa? Ensure your next visit to the spa is a safe one.  Serious infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, skin and nail fungus can be spread at a spa if proper cleaning and disinfection steps are not taken. To protect yourself and reduce your risk of infection: Visit a licensed spa … Read More

Itchy Head? Think Head Lice

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With colder weather fast approaching and everyone back in school, we are likely to see the return of head lice. Some helpful tips to avoid head lice include: Check hair 1-2 times a week during the school year Avoid head to head contact Do not share personal items and head gear like combs, hats, and scarves Tie back long hair or braid … Read More

Stay cool at pools and splash pads!

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Public pools and splash pads are a great way to stay cool during the warm summer months.  Did you know that they are inspected by CK Public Health Inspectors? Public Health Inspectors make sure that public pools and splash pads follow all the rules and regulations set out by the province of Ontario. This helps keep bathers safe from physical … Read More

How NOT to remove ticks (and how to do it right)

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Do you know how to remove ticks from your body? Removing blacklegged ticks promptly can reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease, but it’s important to do it correctly. Irritating or killing the tick while removing it can cause it to vomit bacteria into your body, increasing your risk of Lyme disease. Here’s what NOT to do: WRONG: Burning the … Read More

Emergency Preparedness for Children

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  Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? Children in particular can feel extremely vulnerable and stressed during an emergency. It is important to remember that your child looks to you for guidance and comfort. Help kids cope by: Keeping calm Talk openly and honestly about what is happening Take their fears seriously and tell them it’s okay … Read More

Heat Warnings

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The CK Public Health will be again using the provincial Harmonized Heat Warning and Information System for dealing with heat events in Chatham-Kent. The system provides a consistent approach for processing and issuing heat warnings in Ontario. It also provides evidence-based heat warning triggers which are based on the association between temperature, humidex and mortality. When heat warnings are issued, … Read More

Do you have what it takes?

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  Snow storms, spring flooding, tornadoes, power outages. Do you have what it takes to get through an emergency? Every household should have the following items in a basic emergency kit… Water – 2L per person per day Food – that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars, dried foods Manual can opener Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra … Read More

Flooding has been predicted in Chatham-Kent

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After a flood, food safety, water safety and home safety are important concerns to consider. Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and your family. For homes that have been without power, but haven’t suffered water damage food safety precautions should be taken. Throw out refrigerated food that’s been without power for more than 4-6 hours. For homes that have been … Read More