COMMUNITY HEALTH

CPR
                                                                
cpr CPR classes are held through the Health Department.  Please call for availability.

-Mayo Clinic-CPR


Blood Lead Screening
Blood lead testing for children living in homes built before 1950
Blood lead testing and counseling are provided to children who are at high risk of exposure to lead, especially those living in homes built before the year 1950.  Environmental investigation for the source of the lead exposure is available.

-DHS Lead -Mayo Clinic-Lead Poisoning

 

Lead Information:

 

LEAD EXPOSURE: SOURCES, AFFECTS and WAYS TO REDUCE EXPOSURE.

 

Your health and your family’s health can be hurt by lead.

 

 

Everyone can be affected by lead, but pregnant women and children under the age of 6 are most at risk.

The main health concerns from lead exposure are damage to the nervous system and brain. The kidneys, red blood cells, and reproductive system can also be affected at higher exposures to lead.

If you are worried that you or your family has been exposed to lead, talk to your doctor about getting a blood lead test.

 

Lead can come from a number of sources in the home.

 

 

Most lead comes from old paint, as well as other things like toys, food, and soil. Information about these sources can be found at:  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lead/index.htm

Water can also be a potential source of lead.  The City of Watertown Water Department follows and meets all requirements of the EPA & DNR pertaining to testing for lead in the water, please see link below for information regarding the City’s water quality.  http://www.ci.watertown.wi.us/departments/docs/Water_Quality_Report_2014.pdf

You can test your water for lead. Contact a certified water testing laboratory to find out how to do this.

 

Individuals can reduce their exposure to lead in many ways.

 

 

You can reduce your exposure to lead in water by taking these steps:

  • Flush your pipes before using water.
  • Never use water from the hot-water tap for cooking or drinking.
  • Install a reverse osmosis water purification system designed to remove lead.

It is important to take steps to fix other lead sources in your home. For more information see: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lead/index.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm

 



 Blood Pressure Checks

blood pressure monitor cuffBlood pressure checks are available at no charge during office hours. Please call for an appointment

-Mayo Clinics- Understanding Blood Pressure Readings
-WebMD-Causes of High Blood Pressure

 


Drug Drop Off Sites

For safe disposal of outdated or no longer needed medications, see the links below for locations for secure drug drop off.

Drug drop off box
Jefferson County
                                                                                            Dodge County


Sharps (Needle) Collection

The Health Department encourages proper disposal of sharps and needles to keep others safe from accidental needle sticks and expSharps containerosures. Sharps containers can be brought to the Health Department for disposal free of charge. New sharps containers are supplied for a nominal fee.

 

Car Seat Checks

Free car seat checks and education are available at the Watertown Department of Public Health by appointment. Seat checks are done by a Certified Passenger Safety Technician. Please call to check availability and to schedule an appointment.     Car seat flyer

                                Car seat install                                     smiling baby in car seat                     

-Department of Transportation- Child Safety Seats

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