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The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 4/25/2017

Did You Know?

April 24-30 is National Playground Safety Week. Each year over 200,000 children across the country are treated in emergency rooms due to being injured on playgrounds. The National Program for Playground Safety uses the SAFE acronym for adults to check out playgrounds before letting their kids play:

·        Supervision: Adults should always be present when children play on equipment.

·        Age-appropriate design: Children are developmentally different in size and ability. Playground structures should be marked by age-ability, and parents should insure that their children are playing in the correct area for their age.

·        Fall surfacing: Cushioned ground cover under the equipment should be loose-fill or synthetic and not cement, dirt or grass.

·        Equipment maintenance: Equipment should be in good condition.  Metal equipment should not have rust; wood equipment should not have slivers; plastic equipment should not be cracked. In addition, equipment should be examined for openings or gaps where a child’s body or clothing item could get caught.

Safe playground equipment and adult supervision are extremely important, but it's only half of the equation: Kids must know how to be safe and act responsibly at the playground. Teach your kids to:

·        Never push or roughhouse while on jungle gyms, slides, seesaws, swings, and other equipment.

·        Use equipment properly — slide feet first, don't climb outside guardrails, no standing on swings, etc.

·        Always wear a helmet while bike riding, but take it off while on playground equipment.

·        Never use playground equipment that's wet because moisture makes the surfaces slippery.

·        Check playground equipment in the summertime. It can become uncomfortably or even dangerously hot, especially metal slides, handrails, and steps. Contact burns can occur within seconds.

·        Wear clothes that do not have drawstrings or cords. Drawstrings, purses, and necklaces could get caught on equipment and accidentally strangle a child.

Learn more at: http://www.playgroundsafety.org/safety-week/introduction and http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/playground.html

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North Shore Health News

Shorewood - End of Precautionary Boil / Bottled Drinking Water Advisory (4/26/17 6:00pm)

The Village of Shorewood’s precautionary boil/bottled drinking water advisory is NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

The State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) informed the Shorewood Water Works that drinking water samples drawn on April 25, 2017 show no indication of bacterial contamination. On Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, City of Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) crews were working on a water main project on East Locust Street between North Farwell and North Downer avenues.

In order to work on the water main, 14 valves were closed to allow for a dry environment. By closing these valves, water pressure in the Village of Shorewood dropped to an unanticipated level. This drop in pressure prompted Shorewood officials, as a precautionary measure, to issue a “boil water advisory” while coordinating with the DNR. The Milwaukee Water Works is Shorewood’s wholesale water provider. When notified of this loss in pressure, MWW crews re-opened the affected valves, and typical water pressure in Shorewood was restored shortly thereafter. If you have any questions please call Leeann Butschlick at 414-847-2650.

Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 29th 
Make Your Home Safer-Return Your Unused Medications!

Health Officer, Ann Christiansen interviews with TMJ4
Our Health Officer, Ann Christiansen, was interviewed on TMJ4 about our Heroin Resource Guide. Watch here: http://ow.ly/RJQx30ailrc

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses caused by the Seoul virus, a very rare type of hantavirus (known as Seoul virus) carried by Norway rats. Individuals who have had contact with rats and who experience Seoul virus symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately. Learn more at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/hantavirus.htm

Meningococcal B vaccine

If you are or have an undergraduate student returning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for semester break, students are advised to get your second dose of the meningococcal disease serogroup B vaccine. Contact your health care provider to schedule this vaccine. More information on the Meningococcal disease outbreak at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/meningitis-and-prevention

Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.