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Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

winter weather

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. Read More >

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NCEH/ATSDR – Top 10 “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2016

Tap water

As this year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized that you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help you get caught up, here are the ten most popular posts of 2016: Read More >

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Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry

Baby chewing on toy

Protect children from potential lead hazards in some holiday toys and toy jewelry. Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. Read More >

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When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health during Drought Conditions—A Guide for Public Health Professionals


Drought is a natural occurrence. During a drought, rainfall levels or other precipitation types are lower than average for an extended period, resulting in an inadequate water supply. Although the literature contains many well-researched articles on the aspects and implications of drought itself, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes much is yet Read More >

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CASPER helps community identify environmental health needs in South Gate, CA

The California Department of Public Health’s Site Assessment Section (CDPH) – left to right Gabriele Windgasse, Principal Investigator; Armando Chevez, Health Assessor; Nancy Villasenor, Health Educator; Danny Kwon, Health Assessor; Russ Bartlett, Health Assessor.

Are you concerned about how your neighborhood environment may affect your family’s health and safety? In the City of South Gate, California, residents had a chance to express those concerns through a process that brought state health department and City staff directly to their doors. Facing environmental health challenges The City of South Gate is Read More >

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Food Workers Working While Sick

Sick Leave

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year, sick food workers cause hundreds of foodborne illness outbreaks. Sick food workers have been implicated in foodborne illness outbreaks caused by at least 14 different germs. Many of these outbreaks could be prevented simply by making sure that food workers don’t work while Read More >

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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke


Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. Read More >

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Go Green for the Holidays. Go Green for 2017!

2017 calender

Are you one of those organized people who are already prepared for the coming winter holidays? Or do you still have plans to make and gifts to buy? Either way, why not take a second look at some of your usual holiday activities to see if you can make them more “sustainable?” Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

CO Poisoning

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 6, 2016. As you prepare to set your clocks backward one hour, remember to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, now is a great time to buy one. At least 430 people die each year Read More >

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Lead Free Kids: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2016

Lead kids free

Jason and Alma had their first child one month ago, and just bought a 1959 Midcentury-modern ranch style house. They want to do some renovation before moving in, but they know that homes built before 1978 often contain lead paint.  They also know that even though exposures to lead in tap water have been greatly Read More >

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