October 17, 2019, Notice from Health Officer Bob Morlino: This week a bat found in Pawlet tested positive for rabies. The bat was found by two dogs during the daytime which, of course, is unusual behavior for a bat. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people not to approach wild animals, especially those whose behavior is out of the ordinary. Also be sure to have your pets vaccinated for the rabies virus (this is a Vermont regulation). You can find more information about rabies on the Vermont Health Department web site https://www.healthvermont.gov/disease-control/zoonotic-diseases/rabies.  

Meeting Minutes, Board Of Health, October 8, 2019

Notice from Health Officer Bob Morlino: All rental units must have smoke detectors (photoelectric type) and Carbon Monoxide detectors as required by the Vermont Building and Safety Code, Section 3, page 7

Notice from the Vermont Department of Health: Keep Your Home Safe from Carbon Monoxide

As you heat your home this winter, keep it safe from an invisible, deadly gas – carbon monoxide. Many heating systems burn fuels – like natural gas, propane, oil, or wood – that give off carbon monoxide (CO). When it’s cold out and homes are closed up tight, carbon monoxide can build to dangerous levels without proper ventilation. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, so you may not know if your family is at risk. But you can take steps to prevent CO poisoning in your home:

– Install a carbon monoxide alarm. Change the batteries regularly and replace the alarm when it expires.
– Have your heating system and other fuel-burning appliances serviced every year.
– Keep the vents outside your home clear of snow and ice.
– If you lose power, only use generators outside – at least 20 feet away from your house.
– Never run a vehicle inside your garage, even if the door is open.

Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness and upset stomach/vomiting. This can sometimes be confused with the flu. If your CO alarm goes off, go outside immediately to get fresh air, then call 911.

For more tips and a video on carbon monoxide safety, visit: http://www.healthvermont.gov/CO
And check out more tips for staying safe during the winter: http://www.healthvermont.gov/environment/climate/winter-weather

Notice from the Vermont Department of Health: Test  Your Home for Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas present throughout Vermont, estimated to kill 50 Vermonters a year due to radon-related lung cancer. Because you can’t see, smell or taste radon, there is no way of knowing if radon is present in a home unless you test for it.

Homes with elevated radon levels are found throughout the state. All Vermont homes should be tested. You can view the radon risk map here or http://www.healthvermont.gov/tracking.

The Vermont Department of Health recommends all homes be tested. You can obtain a free long-term radon air test kit by calling 800-439-8550 or emailing radon@vermont.gov.

Pawlet Health Officer Annual Report 2018