FREE SMOKE DETECTORS
The FRN and the Webster County Health Department will be registering anyone interested in having smoke detectors installed in their home.
We will be located at the Webster County Fair in the Community Room of Burton Hall.
Smoke detectors provided by the Red Cross. For more information you may call the Health Department at (304)847-5483.
Diabetes Education Class - Coming Soon
Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with Pre-diabetes or Diabetes? Wondering how to prevent it or slow down the progression. Join our 6 week Diabetes Self-Management Education course, offered through the Diabetes Education Empowerment Program.
In this course you will learn; what diabetes is; the symptoms and risk factors, complications, self- monitoring, medications, nutrition, exercise, and the emotional aspects. This course will teach you how to effectively manage your diabetes and/or prevent or prolong onset of diabetes.
Class starts September 12, 2016 and will be held at the Webster County Health Department each Monday through October 17, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Please register by calling
Sandra Cochran 304-847-5483 or Carol Matheny, MSN, RN, CHPN 304-941-1950
WV Tobacco Quitline 1-800-Quit-Now (1-877-966-8784)
Smoking kills more Americans than homicides, suicides, car wrecks, fires, alcohol use, drug use, HIV, and AIDS combined. If interested in quitting please call the Tobacco Quitline listed above.
Oral Rabies Vaccination Area
The Wildlife Services (WS) program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working with the West Virginia Health Department to protect people and pets from the threat of rabies in your area. WS is distributing an oral rabies vaccine (ORV) bait to vaccinate raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes and help stop further spread of rabies. ORV baits are about the size of a matchbox and are coated with ...fishmeal flavoring or a sweet vanilla wax. ORV baits can be distributed by airplane, helicopter, or car.
Drop Dates August 22 – September 4, 2016
If you find ORV baits, leave them alone, unless they are where children or pets play. To move ORV baits safely, you should:
• Wear gloves or use a paper towel or plastic bag when picking up the baits.
• Toss intact baits into a wooded area or other raccoon habitat.
• Bag and dispose of any damaged baits in the trash.
• Take precautions by practicing proper hygiene – wash with soap and water any skin or wounds that may have come into contact with ORV baits, especially if the bait was damaged.
• Don’t panic! A few baits are not harmful, though eating a large number may cause an upset stomach.
• Do not risk getting bitten or being exposed to the vaccine by taking a bait away from your pet.
• Check the area for more baits and relocate any remaining baits to a wooded area.
• If your pet eats a bait, avoid your pet’s saliva for 24 hours, and wash skin or wounds that may have been licked.
• Call the Rabies Information Line at (304) 558-5358.
• Call your local health department at: (304)847-5483
Food School Schedule for September 2016
September 13, 1:00 pm
September 20, 1:00 pm
September 27, 1:00 pm
SEPTEMBER IMMUNIZATION CLINICS
- Wednesday, September 7 from 8 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 14 from 8 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 21 from 8 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 28 from 8 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
HELPFUL FLOOD ARTICLES!!!
LIME INFORMATION AND SAFETY SHEET
Lime is a white powdery substance that is primarily calcium based and is derived from natural materials. Lime is often applied to mud after flood waters recede to help control odors and the breeding of flies and bacteria. It is also used to temporarily cover animal carcasses. Extreme caution should be used when applying lime as it can cause chemical burns to the skin, and precautions should be taken to protect the feet and legs of children an...d animals. It is recommended that straw be placed on top of the lime in areas where it will be walked on (i.e., foot paths). Lime is not intended for use in standing water.
Eye Hazards - Lime can cause severe eye irritation or burning, including permanent damage. Eye protection (chemical goggles, safety glasses and/or face shields) should be worn where there is risk of lime exposure. Contact lenses should not be worn when working with lime products.
Skin Hazards - Lime can cause irritation and burns to unprotected skin, especially in the presence of moisture. Prolonged contact with unprotected skin should be avoided. Protective gloves and clothing that fully cover arms and legs are recommended.
Inhalation Hazards - Lime dust is irritating if inhaled. In most cases, nuisance dusts masks provide adequate protection. In high exposure situations, further respiratory protection may be appropriate, depending on the concentration and length of exposure.
If skin contact occurs, brush off dry lime and then wash exposed skin with large amounts of water. If skin burns occur, seek medical attention, if necessary.
If lime comes in contact with eyes, flush with large amounts of water and seek medical attention immediately.
For inhalation, remove exposed person to fresh air and seek medical attention immediately.
For further and detailed information, consult the product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
Asbestos Awareness and Removal Procedures During Flood Clean Up
Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. Some newer houses may also contain asbestos. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, the asbestos can break down into very fine fibers. When these fibers are inhaled, they can cause serious diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. There is no known safe level of asbestos exposure. Because of this health threat, any flood damaged materials that may contain asbestos must be handled appropriately and be properly contained and disposed of.
Structures are regulated by West Virginia law and required to have an asbestos inspection before disturbing any building materials. However, due to the extensive damage caused by the recent floods, homeowners may need to remove flooded materials that may contain asbestos from their homes, and condemned structures that pose an imminent danger may require immediate demolition. We recognize that following the normally required asbestos inspection and removal procedures may not be possible in these circumstances. However, structures that have been identified for demolition but do not pose an imminent danger to public safety should follow normal procedures.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDDHR), Bureau for Public Health (BPH), Office of Environmental Health Services (OEHS) recommends that you hire a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to avoid possible contamination and exposure. A list of licensed asbestos inspectors and contractors is available on BPH’s Asbestos Compliance Program website at www.wvdhhr.org/rtia/licensing.asp, or you can also call (304) 356-4276 to obtain a written list. If you must repair damage in your home, recommended work practices when removing materials that may contain asbestos are listed below. These practices can help minimize fiber exposure. If you are not comfortable with these work practices, please contact a licensed asbestos contractor.
The following are the minimum precautions that should be taken when handling materials that may contain asbestos:
The work area should be sealed off from the rest of the building. Plastic sheeting and duct tape may be used. Take great care not to track asbestos dust into other areas of the building.
Use an approved NIOSH/MSHA respirator for protection against asbestos fibers. Also, disposable coveralls, gloves, hats and other protective clothing should be used. Dispose of all of this equipment immediately after using it.
When working with asbestos-containing material, wet it with a hand sprayer. The sprayer should provide a fine mist, and the material should be thoroughly dampened but not dripping wet. Wet fibers do not float in the air as readily as dry fibers and will be easier to clean up. The addition of a small amount of a low-sudsing dish or laundry detergent will improve the penetration of the water into the material and reduce the amount of water needed.
Do not break materials into small pieces. While it is easier to remove and handle small pieces, you are more likely to release asbestos fibers if you break the material. Pipe insulation was usually installed in preformed blocks, and it is best to remove these in complete pieces.
Place any material to be removed in plastic trash bags and dispose of it in the proper landfill. For disposal information, call the Department of Environmental Protection at (304) 926-0499. Take care not to break the bag and double-bag if necessary.
After the material is removed, the area should be thoroughly cleaned with wet mops, wet rags or sponges. Repeat the cleaning procedure a second time. Wetting will help to reduce the chance that the fibers are aerosolized. Again, see that no asbestos material is tracked into other areas. Dispose of the mop heads, rags and sponges in the trash bags with the removed materials. Make sure to completely clean any non-disposable items that may have come into contact with asbestos.
For additional information or questions, please contact the WVDHHR, BPH, OEHS at (304) 558-2981.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLOOD SANITATION
RETAIL FOOD STORES, FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS,
FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS, AND WAREHOUSES
During natural disasters, especially floods, foodstuffs may be contaminated by flood water rendering many of these items unfit for human consumption or use.
The importance of preventing the consumption or use of these items necessitates the prompt destruction of such products to eliminate any threat to public health.
"When owners, warehouse supervisors, transportation agencies, food processors, and others voluntarily follow advice of the health department concerning the disposition of contaminated or unwholesome foodstuffs, household products, medicines and cosmetics, no formal seizure action will be taken. When necessary, embargoes will be placed on such items and other appropriate legal action taken to protect the health of the public.
Items exposed to flood waters are not to be sold or disposed of in any manner unless prior approval has been given in writing by the Health Department.
When requested by a sanitarian, the owner, proprietor, or person-in-charge shall provide an accurate, signed inventory of such merchandise.
No damaged or flooded foodstuff, household products, medicines or cosmetics shall be sold or given to any commercial salvage concerns or other persons coming into an area for the purpose of buying/obtaining such items. Such concerns or persons should be reported to the Health Department.
The following information may be useful as a guide in determining the disposition of foodstuffs, household products, medicines and cosmetics:
All fruits and vegetable products coming into contact with flood waters or other contaminating material shall be destroyed in a manner approved by the Health Department.
All meats shall be destroyed in a manner approved by the Health Department.
Products such as breakfast cereals, bakery goods, condiments, dried fruits, dried milk, flour, milk in glass, paper or plastic containers, and similar foodstuffs that have been exposed to flood waters, shall be destroyed in a manner approved by the Health Department.
Food and other products in commercially sealed containers and exposed to flood waters shall be deemed to have no salvage value and shall be destroyed in a manner approved by the Health Department.
All items, including food and beverages packed in screw cap or crimp cap containers, shall, if exposed to flood waters, be destroyed in a manner approved by the Health Department.
All perishable foodstuffs (items requiring refrigeration) which have been without refrigeration for more than 4 hours, shall be destroyed in a manner approved by the Health Department even if not exposed to flood waters.
Other products, such as tobacco in any form, household products, or medicines and cosmetics which may come into contact with the public's hands or mouth, or any other household supplies which may endanger the health of the public by transmitting or spreading flood contaminated material, shall be disposed of or salvaged in a manner approved by the Health Department.
All retail food stores, food service establishments, food processing plants, and. warehouses shall be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before reopening for business, and shall not engage in such business activity until inspected and issued approval for reopening by the Health Department
HEALTH OFFICIALS ADVISE RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY FLOODS TO DISINFECT THEIR WATER SUPPLIES
Because floodwaters carry disease-causing organisms that can lead to serious illness or even death, the Health Department recommends that you take precaution to have your water system disinfected prior to using the water for drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food and making ice. To ensure that your water supply is safe, the following procedures must be carried out:
PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES:
All wells, springs, cisterns, pumps and pipes that have been exposed to flood water must be disinfected. This can be accomplished using common laundry bleach labeled to contain 5.25% available chlorine. A five-gallon batch of disinfecting solution can be prepared mixing one gallon of bleach with four gallons of water. To disinfect the water supply:
1. First, remove all debris from the well, spring, cistern or reservoir. Then pour half (2.5 gallons) of the disinfecting solution into the supply.
2. Start the pump and open all taps until the water from each tap has a distinct chlorine odor, then close the taps.
3. Pour the remaining 2.5 gallons of the solution into the water supply and allow the solution to remain in the water for 12 to 24 hours. Do not use any water from the supply for at least 12 hours.
4. After the waiting period, pump the water supply to waste until the chlorine odor disappears, and it should be safe for use then. However, this disinfecting process is only temporary and only water in the supply at the time of treatment is disinfected. Fresh water entering the supply may also be contaminated, so to insure safety you should always have a slight taste of chlorine present in the water.
Your county health department sanitarian should collect and test samples before the water is used.
However, tests can only be done on supplies constructed to properly protect the water. Improperly protected supplies can be unsafe, and immediate steps should be taken to abandon or reconstruct such supplies so they will be 'protected against further contamination. Your health department has information on how to protect your water supply.
PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES:
If a “Boil water advisory" has been-issued on your water system, that means water should be heated to a rolling boil and boiled for five minutes before it is safe for drinking and other domestic uses. The taste may be improved by pouring the water back and forth from one clean container to another, by allowing ·it to stand for a few hours, or by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of boiled water.
For more information about flood clean-up procedures, call the Webster County Health Department at 304-847-5483.
HEALTH OFFICIALS ADVISE RESIDENTS FOR SAFE FLOOD CLEAN-UP
As you begin the task of cleaning up your home and salvaging personal belongings, the Health Department offers some precautions to help prevent illness.
When cleaning up your home, be sure to wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and gloves. Keep your hands away from your mouth and face after handling any materials that have been contaminated by flood water and immediately clean, disinfect and bandage all wounds no matter how small. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (preferably hot water) before preparing meals, eating or smoking.
All floors, walls and ceilings should be hosed down with clean water and scrubbed with a brush or broom in a solution of detergent and hot water, if possible. After scrubbing, use a brush or broom to apply a disinfecting solution made from four tablespoons of laundry bleach per one gallon of clean water.
Most clothing and furniture can be salvaged if it can be cleaned and disinfected. Commercial cleaning of rugs, draperies and clothing is recommended, if possible. Items cleaned at home should be washed in hot, soapy water, rinsed in clean water and dried in an automatic clothes dryer or in open air and sunshine, where possible. Special care should be given to childrens’ beds, cribs, toys, playpens and playthings. Stuffed toys should be discarded since they cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected.
Furniture made of wood, metal or plastic can usually be salvaged. These items should be cleaned with soap and hot water and allowed to dry in open-air and sunlight. Mattresses and stuffed furniture should be discarded because they cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected.
Dishes, plates, bowls, pots, pans and other utensils should be washed in hot, soapy water, then rinsed in clean water and disinfected by submerging for at least one minute in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach per one gallon of clean water. Appliances such as refrigerators and stoves, which contain insulation, are not easily cleaned or disinfected. These items should be examined carefully and discarded if the insulation has been contaminated. If they are salvaged, be sure that electrical appliances are dry and in good mechanical condition before using.
For questions or information on flood clean-up activities, call the Webster County Health Department at 304-847-5483
SUCCESSFULL BLOOD DRIVE
The Webster County Health Department sponsored and would like to thank the American Red Cross for conducting a blood drive on June 28, 2016 in Webster Springs.
We had 26 presenting donors with a total of 22 units of blood. A Wonderful Day!
The WCHD would like to also recognize Webster Energy Express Volunteers Rachel Clutter, Kim Kidd, Brooke Davis, Briana Rumney, Katie Mazella and Site Supervisor Alicia Lentz. Glade Energy Express Volunteers Hillary Short, Hannah Short, Katie Beth Hollandsworth, Stephany Bragg, Chelsea Rule and Site Supervisor Kelly Clutter, The Connection Program Volunteers Sydney Mollohan, Adriana Anderson, Paige Clevenger, Dorothy Davis, and Supervisor Lori Lewis for their assistance and participation.
Thank you to the Webster Springs Fire Deparment Auxillary for the food and canteen.
Walking Webster County 2016 Awards Celebration
Okay, all of you walkers! You are invited to attend our 3rd annual WWC Awards Celebration. Fruit and veggie trays, drinks and paper products will be provided. You may bring your favorite healthy dish, alond with a copy of the recipe to share. (however, you are not required to bring a dish to attend).
Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Webster Springs United Methodist Church
For questions, please call 304-847-5483.
Walking Webster County Newsletter #5
Top Ten Reasons Walking is Good for You
It’s nearly impossible to decide the order of these benefits. What is easy to know is that regularly walking for exercise improves your life – right now and in the years to come!
Here’s the list. We would love to hear from you about how you rank the importance of these benefits in your life. Thank you!
Weight loss or controlling your weight
Lower your blood pressure
Reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Improve your mood
Live a longer, healthier life
Reduce your risk of disease and stroke
Improve your sleep
Increase the amount of sunshine you receive
10. Protect yourself against dementia
By Lisa Hardway, Health Coach and Personal Trainer
Recipe of the Week:
Broccoli Soup – Healthy Recipe
3 cups fresh broccoli (or 2 – 10 oz. packages frozen)
½ c. diced celery
½ c. ch. Onions
1 c. low sodium chicken broth
2 c. nonfat milk
2 T. corn starch
¼ t. salt
Dash ground thyme
¼ c. grated Swiss cheese
Place broth and all vegetables in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook until vegetables are tender, approximately 8 minutes. Mix corn starch, salt, pepper and thyme. Slowly add milk to cornstarch mixture, stirring to assure the mixture is smooth. Slowly add milk mixture to cooked vegetables and broth. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is lightly thickened and just starts to boil. Remove from heat. Add Swiss cheese and stir until melted.
Family Fun Ideas:
Take a listening walk. If you haven’t read The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (HarperCollins, 1993), check out a copy and take a family walk, listening, observing, and learning from the world around you.
Outdoor scavenger hunt. Jot down a list of items for your kids to find on a nature walk or objects you’ve hidden in the yard. For young kids, give a visual representation of spring-related items to look for, like these Spring I Spy cards from Spell Outloud.
Plant an experimental play garden. If you have yard space, allow the kids to have a small plot to garden on their own. Digging, hoeing, and planting all work multiple muscle groups, and your kids experiment growing different vegetables and flowers.