Dear parents and caregivers:
To help raise awareness about safe infant sleep during Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, we’re inviting you to participate in a fun and friendly photo activity: the Charles County Department of Health Safe Sleep Snap.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles—anyone can participate by sharing a photo of a baby (up to 12 months of age) in a safe sleep environment on their social media accounts. Make sure you use the hashtag #CCSafeSleepSnap so everyone can see the adorable pictures of babies in safe sleep environments!
(Not sure what a safe sleep environment looks like? Check out this page for details.)
Here are the specifics:
- Post a photo of your baby, grandbaby, niece, or nephew in—or next to!—a safe sleep environment on your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter)
- Use the hashtag #CCSafeSleepSnap in the post. This is how we’ll know you participated!
- Give yourself kudos for taking part in the Charles County Department of Health’s Safe Sleep Snap and helping us to raise awareness about safe infant sleep!
Be creative! Practicing safe infant sleep can be fun. Creativity and humor are encouraged in the photos and captions, as long as the baby’s sleep environment is still safe and follows safe sleep recommendations. This album includes examples you can use as inspiration.
This is your opportunity to both show off your cutie and help other parents and caregivers to see that safe infant sleep can be fun.
We will also be posting #CCSafeSleepSnap photos on our accounts throughout October, so please like, share, and retweet with your friends and followers. We look forward to seeing your #CCSafeSleepSnap!
Click here to print #CCSafeSleepSnap flyer
Animals in Public Settings
Learn all about animals in public settings from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
Do you know what to do if you are bitten by or exposed to an animal that may be rabid? You should:
o Contact Charles County Animal Control and the Department of Health.
o If it is a wild animal, try to trap the animal only if it is safe to do so. If the animal must be killed, try not to damage the head.
o If it is an owned animal, get the animal owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
o Get prompt medical attention.
o Consider treatment if a bat was present and exposure cannot be reasonably ruled out
(i.e. you were sleeping or an unattended child is in the room).
Animals can be great fun, but it’s important to know how to be safe when you’re with them. With a wild animal, being safe may mean staying far away so the animal doesn’t feel threatened and so you stay safe. The rule in the great outdoors is simple: Don’t touch or go near an animal. See further tips below to stay safe.
Each piece of land has a long history, and it’s common for properties to have had many owners over the years. Among land use changes that may have occurred over time is the construction of one or more water wells. Out-of-service wells of any type may pose potential safety hazards and threats to groundwater if not correctly maintained or decommissioned.
There may also be liability issues to consider if an old well on your property is proved to be a conduit for contaminants that reach groundwater. The biggest problem is that old wells can be forgotten—casings may deteriorate and rust and new owners or property developers can build over the old well site or unknowingly create a hazardous land use that allows contaminants to flow directly to groundwater.
Landowners should survey their property to find any old or out-of-service wells. Look for:
– Pipes sticking out of the ground
– Small buildings that may have been a well house
– Depressions in the ground
– The presence of concrete vaults or pits (perhaps covered by lumber or metal plates)
– Out-of-use windmills/wind pumps
Other clues about the location of any abandoned wells can be found in old maps, plans, and property title documents; talking with neighbors; additions to an old home (in the past, wells were commonly constructed in basements or under porches to keep the water pumps from freezing and to ease access in the winter); and the water utility history (i.w. what was the source of water for your home before utility water was available?).
Once a well is determined to have no current or potential future use, a water well contractor should be contacted about the most appropriate method of decommissioning the well. Wells should be sealed from the bottom up. Typically, only well contractors have the right equipment to do this. Any pumps, pipes, related equipment, or blockage should be removed from the well so that it may be filled in and sealed properly.
Approved backfilling and well sealing procedures vary from state to state. They generally require the use of special sealing material, usually cement-bentonite grout or bentonite clay chips.
In most cases, homeowners are required to notify their local Department of Environmental Protection or Water Quality Division to document the decommissioning of the well. Homeowners are urged to contact these environmental agencies to learn what procedures are required in their region.
Find out more about unused wells.
— Your friends at NGWA