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APPLY NOW WHILE MONEY IS STILL AVAILABLE!

Posted on January 09, 2019

Download a copy of our January 9, 2019 Press Release here.

Date: January 9, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carol Slajda, 203-881-3255

PRESS RELEASE

Grant Funds Available to Valley Homeowners Address Lead and Safety Hazards

New Year!! Lead Safe Home!! $2.9 Million Dollar Grant Ending Soon!!
h3. APPLY NOW WHILE MONEY IS STILL AVAILABLE!

The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) is offering grant funded $$ to help Valley homeowners and property owners remove lead-based paint hazards with a program called Naugatuck Valley Emends Lead Hazards (NauVEL). NVHD is committed to protecting children from lead poisoning and making homes in the Naugatuck Valley lead safe and healthy. This grant funded money will help to protect children before they are poisoned by lead hazards or injured by safety hazards in their homes.

In 1978 lead based paint was banned in the United States but lead exposure and poisoning is still a reoccurring problem for children. Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in lead dust that is created by chipped and cracked lead paint or on high friction services such as doors and windows. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that no level of lead exposure is safe for children. Even low levels can be very dangerous for a child’s developing brain, causing reduced cognitive ability and attention span, impaired aptitude for learning and an increased risk for behavioral problems. Elevated blood lead levels can cause irreversible medical problems including hearing, speech, kidney, and brain damage. In adults, lead poisoning can cause high-blood pressure, nerve disorders, memory problems, muscle and joint pain, fertility and other problems that are lifelong.

Carol W. Slajda, program manager for NauVEL, said “Lead poisoning is 100% preventable but, once a child has been poisoned, there is permanent damage and the cost of care is exponential.” With education and intervention to remove lead from the home, lifetime health and behavior issues can be avoided.

Lead hazard interventions are currently underway in multiple towns including, but not limited to, Naugatuck, Seymour and Ansonia. One of the most impressive renovations to date is in Beacon Falls. A total of $33,000 in grant funds were provided for lead safe interventions with minimal cash output by the owner. This two-unit home built in 1920 was abated for asbestos, insulated replacement windows were installed, and new screen doors were added. Additionally, interior home improvements as well as repairs to the front and back porches with new safe home railings. The improvements to this home were all made possible by the grant funds provided to NauVEL by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

If you are interested in protecting your family, your renters and your investment please apply today, you may qualify for*:
- Generous financial assistance to remediate all hazards
- Free inspections
- Plans for lead and home safety hazard removal
- Relocation assistance during construction
- Up to $15,000 per unit of free money to keep your family and tenants safe!!**
- Remediation may include but is not limited to interior repairs, energy-saving windows, doors and more!

Homes must be pre-1978 and in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour, or Shelton.

Remember if you are renovating a pre-1978 home you must use an EPA, RRP certified contractor.

Please make your New Year’s Resolution to have a lead safe home, for more information on the NauVEL Program and/or to find out if you qualify, apply online at www.nvhd.org/nauvel or call 203-881-3255.

Additional information on making your home a Healthy Home is available at https://www.hud.gov/healthyhomes.

NauVEL is a partner of Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program.

*Other eligibility requirements include but are not limited to- privately owned housing, occupant income less than 80% of area median income and for owner-occupant properties a child under six must reside or spend significant time in the unit.

**Some restrictions may apply

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January 2019 Newsletter

Posted on January 02, 2019

Download a copy of our January 2019 Newsletter here

January is Radon Action Month

Posted on December 10, 2018

NVHD is offering free radon test kits during January for residents!

January is National Radon Action Month and the Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) is recommending residents test their homes for radon gas, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Naugatuck Valley Health District will hold a ‘Lunch and Learn’ at the Kellogg Center, located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby, on January 3rd from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, where residents can come listen to a presentation on radon and can pick up their FREE radon test kit. Space is limited, so please register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Radon2019. **Lunch will NOT be provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.*

Additional FREE home radon test kits are available to residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton while supplies last. Starting on Friday, January 4, 2019, individuals may come to the Health District office located at 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT on weekdays from 9-11AM and 1-3 PM during the month of January. Supplies are limited. Please call Jamie at (203) 881-3255 to make sure test kits are still available before you head to the health department.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium and is found in rock, soil and water. Although radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low risk to human health, the odorless, colorless and tasteless gas can enter homes, becoming a health hazard. There is definitive evidence that exposure to high levels of residential radon over a long period of time can damage the lungs and lead to lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. Testing for radon saves lives and could potentially save yours and the lives of your loved ones.

The EPA recommends that homes with radon levels at or above 4.0 pCi/L be fixed. To obtain a list of qualified radon mitigation contractors, please visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program web site at www.ct.gov/dph/radon.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the month of January for tips and additional information on radon!

Download a copy of the 2019 radon press release

Resources:
CT Department of Public Health (DPH) Radon Program
EPA Map of Radon Zones in CT
Radon Test Kit from Air Chek Video Instructions
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Radon Webpage
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Radon and Drinking Water from Private Wells

E. coli Outbreak - November 2018

Posted on November 19, 2018

On January 9, 2019, the CDC announced that the outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over. More information can be found at:
https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html

E. coli Outbreak: Do not eat, serve, or sell ANY romaine lettuce while investigation continues. This includes whole heads of lettuce, hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, organic romaine and salad mixes with romaine. Romaine linked to 32 E. coli O157 infections in 11 states, including Connecticut. For more information, please visit the CDC website: https://go.usa.gov/xPAy5

This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.

  • Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
  • This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
  • If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
  • Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection: Talk to your healthcare provider. Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick. Report your illness to the health department. Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.

Advice to Clinicians

  • Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with E. coli O157 infections. Antibiotics are also not recommended for patients in whom E.coli O157 infection is suspected, until diagnostic testing rules out this infection.
  • Some studies have shown that administering antibiotics to patients with E. coli O157 infections might increase their risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (a type of kidney failure), and the benefit of antibiotic treatment has not been clearly demonstrated.

Important message from the Department of Public Health’s Food Protection Program

Girl’s Clothing Set Recalled Due to Elevated Lead Level

Posted on November 16, 2018

H.I.S. International Group of New York is issuing a recall of Self-Esteem brand girl’s clothing
sets with a gold leaf pendant necklace. The recalled clothing sets consists of three items: a shortsleeve teal top with cut-out shoulders, a navy blue legging pant with a teal floral print and a pendant necklace with an orange and teal center. The recalled clothing sets have style number PO#71160/LOT9 and a date of production of 10/2017 printed on a white label on the inside of the garment. The recalled clothing sets were sold in girl’s sizes 4×-12x. The metal pendant on the necklace contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban.

The clothing set was sold at Burlington and Shopko stores nationwide from February 2018 through October 2018. Consumers should immediately stop using the necklace from the recalled clothing sets, take it away from children and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers can contact H.I.S. at 800-451-0285 extension 2879 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also email (info@his-nyc.com) for more information.

For more information on the FDA alert click on this link: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/HIS-Recalls-Girls-Clothing-Sets-Due-to-Violation-of-Federal-Lead-Content-Ban#

CT DPH Environmental Health Section Circular Letter: 2018-XX

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