Be Fish Smart in San Francisco Bay

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We are so lucky to be able to catch and eat fresh seafood from the San Francisco Bay, but does it always make a healthy dinner?

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Healthy and Safe Swimming Pools

Keeping pools operating properly is an issue of public health and safety

Keeping pools operating properly is an issue of public health and safety

Swimming in a public pool can be one of the greatest joys of summer. Pools are a great place to spend time with friends, soak up the sunshine, and stay cool! Most of us know there are safety rules at pools—how many times have you heard your parent or lifeguard say “no running!!” Have you ever thought about other safety and health issues for public pools? Things like: how the pool was designed, whether the filtration system works properly, proper fencing to prevent drowning, and reminder signs? And what about spas? Is the water temperature set correctly? Who is maintaining the proper chemical balance to maintain sanitation without making swimmers sick from too much or too little chemicals? Continue reading

Healthy Recreational Water

Beaches are posted if levels of bacteria exceed safe levels

Beaches are posted if levels of bacteria exceed safe levels

By Kate Elgin, Environmental Health Specialist, San Mateo County Environmental Health

We are lucky in San Mateo County to be located between the majestic San Francisco Bay and the beautiful Pacific Ocean, but how do you know if the ocean, lagoon and creek water your family plays in is safe? San Mateo County Environmental Health samples 43 beach, bay and creek mouth sites weekly. Continue reading

How to Get Rid of Unwanted Medications

There are currently 14 medicine drop off locations in San Mateo County

There are currently 14 medicine drop off locations in San Mateo County

Prescription medication can save lives, but also can take lives. Overdoses and accidental poisonings are just two tragic consequences of a drug problem that’s engulfed the nation — including San Mateo County.

The use of prescription medication is on the rise. This leads to a lot of pills in household medicine cabinets, easily accessed by anyone: unsuspecting children, curious teens, forgetful seniors, thieving addicts. Crime, along with physical peril, commonly stems from the misuse of these drugs. Due in part to unsecured, improperly stored prescription medications being readily accessible in the home, the abuse of prescription medications is a growing problem, particularly among teens. Continue reading

Welcome to Environmental Health!

Intro BlogHello and welcome to the San Mateo County Environmental Health blog site! Our mission with this site is to provide timely and informative topics related to the work our agency does for San Mateo County, and to give you a chance to interact with us about your ideas and concerns. We welcome your comments on our topics, but a little housekeeping note: comments that are inflammatory, derogatory, or contain foul language will not be posted for obvious reasons. If you don’t like what we are doing, please tell us- just be polite! We strongly encourage you to have a look at our “Terms of Use” tab for guidance on how we will manage this site. Okay, so here we go!

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