Larvicides are products to help control mosquitoes, they work by killing mosquito larvae. The Health Department is providing free mosquito insecticide to county residents. The briquettes, also known as “Mosquito Dunks” which are round-shaped product that are placed in water, where it floats. Each dunk will be effective for 30 days in standing water and will cover 100 square feet of surface. It can be used in bird baths, flower pots, drainage ditches, aquatic gardens, decorative ponds, and other areas where standing water creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Printed instructions on how to use this product will be provided. In addition, the Health Department is encouraging residents to eliminate standing water to decrease mosquito populations. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7547 or 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the “Tip and Toss” brochure.
A day to get the facts, and get tested. Join us for a free community HIV testing event at the Brookside Hills Apartments located at 56 Sweet Lane, Spring Lake from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Get Tested. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help keep you healthy. Testing is free, fast, and easy. Get the Facts. Learn about HIV, Health Educators will be on site with information. Everyone ages 13-64 should be tested for HIV at least once, and more often if you have certain risk factors. For more information about this testing event click on the title or call 910-814-6195 or 910-893-7550.
Tragic gun accidents kill and injure thousands of kids every year. Over one third of homes with children have guns. Many are kept unlocked and loaded, and every year thousands of children are killed or seriously injured as a result. Approximately 80%, of unintentional firearm deaths of children under age 15 occur in the home. National ASK Day is held annually on the first day of summer, a season when children play more often in other homes. ASK Day reminds parents about the importance of “asking” about guns in the homes where your children play. Hiding a gun in a closet, in a drawer, under the bed or similar location is not safe storage. Parents can protect their children by making sure guns are stored, locked, unloaded and not accessible to children. As part of this campaign, a limited supply of free gun locks will be made available at the Health Department located at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington. For more information please call 910-893-7550 or click on the title.
It's almost summer and home gardeners are starting to harvest the delicious produce they've been growing this year. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it's done the wrong way, the vegetables you worked so hard for could become contaminated by a germ that causes botulism, a serious illness that can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death. You cannot see, smell, or taste botulinum toxin—but taking even a small taste of food containing this toxin can be deadly. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn how to make your home-canned vegetables safe.
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you'll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Approximately 40% of estimated injuries occurred to children younger than 15 years of age. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks, with just a few simple safety tips. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals. Make sure you and your children know what's safe and what's not when it comes to fireworks. For more information click on the title.
Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teens, learn ways to keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun. For more information and tips click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. When breast cancer is found early, chances of survival are higher. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held on July 20, 2017. For additional screening dates click on the title. Pre-registration is required. *For women who are uninsured and need a mammogram funding assistance is available for those who meet specific criteria. For an application see the Downloads Box or call our office at 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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