How Safe Is Your Home?
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety. An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!
Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!
Last Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017
It's the season for "Things That Bite!" Keep you and your family protected this summer! Don't have your summer ruined by a dangerous animal or insect bite!
Deer Ticks: These tiny bugs spread Lyme disease while feeding off a human or animal. Lyme disease can have serious long-term health effects. Prevent tick bites by covering up your skin with long sleeves and pants, wear bug spray with at least 20% DEET, and shower after being outdoors. It is important to do a full body tick check every day, know how to remove a tick, and watch for a bull’s-eye rash after being bitten by a deer tick.
Mosquitoes: Summer is definitely mosquito season. These pesky insects can spread many diseases like Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, malaria, and yellow fever. Remember to wear insect repellent, cover up when outdoors, check all screens in your house and dump standing water.
Snapping Turtles: These turtles name is for a reason, their bite is strong enough to break a finger or toe. If you see one trying to cross the road or near a pond, do not pick it up. Instead, watch for traffic, stand guard, and use a car mat to help move it along. Plus remember to always help the turtle cross in the direction it was going.
Raccoons, Bats, Skunks, Stray Cats and Foxes: Rabies is most common among these animals. Rabies is deadly to any animal that gets it. Make sure all of your pets are up to date on their rabies shot. Do not get near any animal that is acting strange, is it not normal for a wild animal to allow you to approach it! If you are bitten by any animal contact Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8600!
Tioga County Public Health will hold its next rabies vaccination clinic on July 27 from 6 – 8 pm at the Spencer Fire Station.
Follow these tips to protect your family this summer from Things that Bite! For more information, contact Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8600 and Like us on Facebook to receive Safety Tips all summer long.