Fayette County Health District
Washington Court House, Ohio
Nursing
Immunizations, Family Planning, and School Nursing are just a few of the services provided by our nursing staff.
Environmental Health
The Environmental Health division protects and promotes public health and safety through public education and enforcement of state rules and regulations.
Emergency Preparedness
If disaster strikes, are you prepared? The Emergency Preparedness page offers helpful links and information.
Healthy Families
WIC, Help Me Grow, the CARE Van, and Health Education programs are all programs designed to promote the health and well-being of Fayette County families.
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
Phone: 740-335-5910
Fax: 740-333-3528
Email: fayecohd@fayette-co-oh.com
General Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Fayette County Health District
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington C.H., OH 43160
General Phone: 740-335-5910
Environmental Health: 740-333-3590
WIC: 740-333-3552
Help Me Grow: 740-335-5111
General Fax: 740-333-3528
24/7 Phone Number: 740-505-1936
Medical RF
Medical Reserve Corps
Contracted Insurance Companies
The Fayette County Health Department accepts the following insurance:

Aetna, Aetna Medicare

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Buckeye

Caresource

Cigna

Medicare (for Flu, Pneumonia and Hep B Only)

Medical Mutual

Molina

Ohio Medicaid

Ohio PPO Connect

Paramount

United Healthcare, United Healthcare Community
Plan, UMR






Community Health Assessment
The 2017 Fayette County Community Health Assessment (CHA) is available for review.

The CHA can be viewed here.
Local Solid Waste and
Septic Haulers
Click on the links below for a list of septic and solid waste haulers currently approved by the Fayette County Health District. List subject to change.
Updates will be provided on a timely basis.

Solid Waste Haulers

Septage Haulers
Fire safety during the holidays
Health Educator Jeannie Bihl, RN, offers the following tips for fire safety during the holidays:

The winter holiday season is traditionally a festive and eventful time of year. Celebrations, family gatherings and visits from house guests traditionally increase in number during the season.

Unfortunately, statistics show that incidents of home fires and electrical accidents typically increase during winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 30% of home fire and 38% of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January, and February. There are steps that can be taken to reduce the risks of death and injury from a home fire this holiday season. It is critical that families keep fire safety in mind while enjoying this festive, exciting and extremely busy time of year.

Take steps to protect your family and home from holiday season fires. There's no place like home for the holidays and no better place to implement good fire safety practices.

- Smoke alarms save lives. Make sure they are installed properly and check batteries at least twice a year, like when the times change.

-Space Heater - As the temperature drops during the winter holiday season, many families turn to space heaters to help warm their homes. Many are unaware, however, that the risk of fire from space heaters is much greater than from central heating equipment.

- Holiday Cooking Safety - The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where families gather to cook favorite recipes, share warm meals, and reconnect with each other, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, it's also where two of every five reported home fires start.

- Know where your fire extinguisher is and how to use it.

- If your clothes catch fire be sure to stop, drop and roll.

- Holiday Decorating Safety - While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of he season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely.

- Extension Cord Safety - While extension cords are a convenient way to supply power right where you need it for your holiday decorations, they can also create hazards if not used safely. Make sure that the cord bears the name of a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

- Do not overload electrical outlets.

-Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect, and always turn off decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

- Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle.

- Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items.

- Make sure stockings are hung at least three feet from heat sources with care.

- A live Christmas tree needs to be well hydrated, so be sure to water it when needed.

- Know two ways to get out of every room in your home.

By thinking and planning, it should help you and your loved ones to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!




Ten Tips for
Choosing Safe Toys

1.Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.

2.Stuffed toys should be washable.

3.Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint and art materials should say non toxic.

4.Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package. This means they’ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials and found safe.

5.Think large. Make sure all toy parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking or other injuries. Be sure if you are buying a small toy for an older child that it stays out of the reach of younger children.

6.Avoid toys that are too loud and could cause damage to your child’s hearing.
7.Stay away from toys with sharp edges or points and toys with cords and strings. The cord can become wrapped around a child’s neck, creating a strangulation hazard.

8.Electric toys should be UL approved. Check the label to be sure.

9.If you buy your child a bike, scooter, skateboard or other toy they can ride, make sure you also get them a helmet and the proper protective gear.

10.Do not buy toys that contain powerful neodymium magnets. These can cause serious injury and death if ingested. It’s also important make sure that if a toy contains small “button” batteries, that they cannot be easily removed from the toy and swallowed.

It is also important to make sure the toy you buy is appropriate for your child’s age. Many toys have labels on them with a suggested age range but use your best judgment and consider your child’s temperament, habits, and behavior when you buy a toy. You can check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for the latest information about toy recalls or call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC to report a toy you think is unsafe.


Bundle up for
outdoor play
Just because it is could - doesn't mean your children can't get outside and play! Look at all the health benefits for playing outside!

1. Children see the outdoors through a new lens

During summer one gets use to the warm, green climate that the season has to offer. So a new, white and cold environment helps them to imagine the outdoors differently and to be creative to play in many different ways. (Some listed at end of this article)


2.Increase in exercise and Using Different Muscles

The winter months give us an opportunity to use a variety of different muscles when one is walking in the snow, sledding or building a snowman. Larger muscles are used more due to the challenges that snow requires. So this supports gross motor development and overall health.

3. Getting Fresh Air and Avoiding Bacteria

Most people think as the cold weather comes one should stay indoors. However, it is increased exposure to indoor environments where bacteria and viruses live. When one turns on the heating and venting system, the bacteria and viruses that always live in your home get moved around continually. So people who spend a lot of time indoors if the heat is high and poorly ventilated, pass germs to each other.

4. New Challenges and Problem-Solving

Messy weather outside inspires children to take on new challenges. They see patches of ice and wonder "How can I walk across that?", there may be a large hill covered in snow "Can I walk up that" and pulling a friend on the sled really uses the muscles. They may wonder if they can climb a tree using a branch as a snow pick?

5. Vitamin D Exposure

When one stays indoors all the time they may be missing out on some important Vitamin D exposure. Children get Vitamin D through exposure to the sun even though it is not as hot. Vitamin D helps regulate mental and emotional moods, so by getting outside the kids may not be as moody. Children need at least a half hour of outdoor play a day.



FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

- Fill spray bottles with water and food coloring and draw in the snow

- Hang a target in the tree or lean against a wall and let the children take aim with snowballs

- Tic Tac Toe in the snow - Use sticks and pinecones and make a grid in the snow

- Use black construction paper and put snow on top of it. Let the kids use a magnifying glass to look at the different snow flakes.

- Blow bubbles outside in the cold air. They will be much harder to pop and they last longer.