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Environment

Our natural environment plays a role in how healthy we are – as individuals and as communities. Environmental health is an area of our work that examines the risks related to a broad range of hazards in the built and natural environment, like extreme temperatures, exposure to contaminants such as lead, asbestos or radon, and exposure to mosquito and tick bites.

The health unit’s role is to prevent illness and disease that arise in the built and natural environment.

We:

  • Collaborate with our partners to better understand and reduce the environmental risks that exist within our communities.
  • Inform residents about potential environmental health hazards and educate them on how to reduce exposure to environmental health risks.
  • Investigate potential environmental health hazards and determine how risks can be reduced, mitigated or eliminated.

What Matters to Your Health

Environmental health is concerned with both the built environment (human-made, like parks and buildings) and the natural environment (like the air we breathe). Aspects of these environments play a role in how healthy we are, both as individuals and as communities. Being aware of health risks in the environment will help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

From extreme cold to extreme heat and everything in between, you play a role in keeping yourself, family and friends safe. During an extreme weather event:

  • Listen to local weather reports
  • Dress for the temperature and take shelter breaks often
  • During extreme weather check on family, friends and neighbours

Vector-borne diseases such as WNv and Lyme are caused by bites from infected ticks and mosquitoes. Personal protection goes a long way in protecting yourself and your family:

  • Wear DEET, long-sleeve shirts, pants and covered shoes
  • Reduce mosquito breeding sites around your home and cottage
  • After a hike or walk through a trail check for ticks immediately

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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