Health Department educators knocking on Peru doors

PERU During the next three months, Clinton County Health Department public health educators Lindsay Meyers and Jennifer Drollette will be doing their best to knock on almost every door in the Town of Peru. They will be asking residents to participate in a survey designed to identify any in-home health and safety problems. The survey is part of the state-funded "Healthy Neighborhood Program," which Clinton County Health Department has been offering free of charge for more than 20 years. The survey only takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and a participants privacy is protected. The survey responses will identify the safety or health concerns and well try to provide participants with the appropriate safety products," said Ms. Meyers. The survey is designed to detect problems related to fire and burns, carbon monoxide, lead poisoning, asthma, injuries and many other health and safety topics. The products offered to remedy detected problems include smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to income eligible homes as well as baby safety products such as cabinet locks and baby gates, allergen proof products, dust wipes, first aid kits, flashlights, electrical outlet shock stoppers, slip-resistant material for bathtubs, throw rugs, and Mr. Yuk stickers. The health educators can also refer participants to other appropriate Clinton County agencies or programs. When asked what are the most common problems she observes, Ms. Meyers responded, Mold and mildew. No carbon monoxide detector. We encourage people to have their furnace cleaned and serviced on a regular basis. Lead testing of children is another important area of concern. Lead is present in the paint of almost all pre-1978 homes and is still present in some toys. Every one- and two-year-old child should be checked for the presence of lead," Ms. Meyers said. The Health Department, she added, has regular lead testing clinics. She and Ms. Drollette can arrange for individuals to attend these clinics. While the Town of Peru is the Healthy Neighborhood Programs focus until December, any resident of Clinton County can ask for an inspection at any time by calling 565-4993. The Health Departments Web site, www.clintonhealth.org , has more information.

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