Fayette County Health District
Washington Court House, Ohio
Planning, and School
Nursing are just a few of
the services provided by
our nursing staff.
The Environmental Health
division protects and
promotes public health
and safety through public
enforcement of state
rules and regulations.
If disaster strikes, are you
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WIC, Help Me Grow, the
CARE Van, and Health
Education programs are
all programs designed to
promote the health and
well-being of Fayette
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
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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
Help Me Grow: 740-335-5111
General Fax: 740-333-3528
24/7 Phone Number: 740-505-1936
Contracted Insurance Companies
The Fayette County Health Department
accepts the following insurance:
Aetna, Aetna Medicare
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Medicare (for Flu, Pneumonia and Hep B Only)
Ohio PPO Connect
United Healthcare, United Healthcare Community
The 2017 Fayette County Community
Health Assessment (CHA) is available for
The CHA can be viewed here.
Local Solid Waste and
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
Solid Waste 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
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
-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
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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